NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – James Stillman Rockefeller, the oldest-known U.S. Olympic medal winner and former head of the bank that became Citigroup, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 102.

Rockefeller died at his home in Greenwich. He suffered a stroke Thursday, said his grandson, Stillman Rockefeller, who lived with him.

Records of the U.S. Olympic Committee show Rockefeller was the oldest American medal winner, a USOC spokeswoman said.

He was the captain of Yale University’s eight-man rowing team with coxswain that won gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics – beating the Canadian team by less than 16 seconds. Another member of the crew was Dr. Benjamin Spock.

The oars from the winning race and his gold medal were prominently displayed at his Greenwich house, Stillman Rockefeller said. “I think he was really proud of that – probably more than the bank career,” his grandson said.

Rockefeller, born June 8, 1902, was a grandson of William Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil with his brother, John D. Rockefeller.

He graduated from Yale in 1924 and served in the Airborne Command during World War II.

Rockefeller started at the bank, then called the National City Bank, in 1930 and retired in 1967. He became president in 1952 and chairman in 1959. The company later changed its name to Citicorp, and became Citigroup Inc. in a 1998 merger with Travelers Group.

Rockefeller also was a director of numerous companies, including Pan American Airways, Northern Pacific Railroad, NCR and Monsanto, and served on the boards of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the American Museum of Natural History.

Rockefeller and his wife, Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller, had four children. She died in 1994.


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