David Rockefeller honored
with named professorship:
Barry Coller will be first David Rockefeller Professor
David Rockefeller received a surprise "belated birthday gift"
at the Rockefeller University Council event last Tues., Dec. 5.
Chairman of the Board Richard Fisher told the assembled guests
that the board and many of David Rockefeller's friends thought that
the university's Centennial would be the ideal time to celebrate
David Rockefeller's more than half-century of service. As they considered
how to pay tribute to him, they realized that "although David's
father and several other family members are honored by endowed professorial
chairs in their names, the university did not have a David Rockefeller
Fisher then announced the creation of a new endowed professorship
to mark Rockefeller's 85th birthday earlier this year. "David, this
is our belated birthday gift to you," Fisher said, noting that Rockefeller's
friends had contributed more than $5 million to endow the David
"David is the personification of the enlightened philanthropist,"
said Fisher, "because in addition to financial support, he gives
generously of his time, talents and energy. The university could
not have asked for a stronger advocate throughout half its history."
The chair will be occupied by Barry S. Coller, who will soon join
the university as vice president for medical affairs and physician-in-chief
of the Hospital. Coller will set the course of the university's
clinical investigations, a key area that is one of David Rockefeller's
David Rockefeller has a longstanding commitment to the Hospital,
and he recently made an exceptional gift toward the Hospital's revitalization.
Upon learning about the new professorship in his honor, he said,
"I am touched and thrilled by the announcement that Barry Coller
will be the new David Rockefeller Professor."
David Rockefeller joined the board of trustees in 1940, served
as its chairman from 1950 to 1975, and chaired the board's executive
committee from 1975 to 1995. He is now honorary chairman and a life
trustee, as well as honorary chairman of The Rockefeller University
Fisher's announcement of the new David Rockefeller Professorship
came just after he reported on the progress of the Centennial Campaign,
aimed at preparing the university for the scientific demands of
the new century. At the Nov. 8 Board of Trustees meeting, Fisher
reported, the Board adopted a goal of $350 million.
The university is now two and one-half years into this six-year
campaign, and the gifts and pledges to date total more than $205
million. More than half of this amount represents gifts from the