Noted philanthropist David Rockefeller Sr. passed away this morning, March 20, 2017 at his home in New York. He was 101.

Rockefeller celebrated his turning 100 in 2015 by donating 1000 acres of land in Seal to Harbor to the Land and Garden Preserve of MDI. According to the Mount Desert Islander, David Rockefeller worked with the Friends of Acadia, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Maine Seacoast Mission, College of the Atlantic, MDI Hospital, the Island Housing Trust, the Abbe and Gilley Museums and numerous youth programs and music and cultural festivals.

The Rockefeller Family, led by John D. Rockefeller donated much of the land that is now Acadia National Park, and built many of the carriage roads. The land that MDI High School was built on was donated by John D. Rockefeller, and he had offered to fund the cost of the construction of the school, including an Olympic size swimming pool if the school had been named after him, but the Regional School Board turned down the offer.

David Rockefeller was predeceased by his wife Peggy and son Richard. He is survived by son David Jr. and daughters Abby, Neva, Eileen and Margaret.

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