HISTORY CHANNEL: THE ROCKEFELLERS PART 3 OF 9
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was an American Vice President, governor of New York State, philanthropist and businessman.
A leader of the liberal wing of the Republican Party, he was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, where he launched many construction and modernization projects. A descendant of one of the world's richest and best known families, he failed repeatedly in his attempts to become president, but he was appointed Vice President of the United States of America in 1974. He served from 1974 to 1977, and did not join the 1976 GOP national ticket with President Gerald Ford. He retired from politics when his term as Vice President was over.
Rockefeller died on the evening of Friday, January 26, 1979 from a heart attack under circumstances whose details have never been completely revealed. Initial reports said Rockefeller had returned to his RCA Building office to work on a book about his art collection, where a security guard found him slumped over his desk; however, it was later disclosed that Rockefeller actually had the fatal heart attack in his Manhattan townhouse in the presence of 26-year-old aide Megan Marshack and that some time later Marshack had called her friend, news reporter Ponchitta Pierce, to the townhouse and it was Pierce who phoned 911 approximately an hour after the heart attack. Much speculation went on in the press regarding a personal relationship between Rockefeller and Marshack, further fueled by reports that she was a named beneficiary in his will. Neither Marshack nor the family has commented since on the circumstances surrounding Rockefeller's death.
Nelson Rockefeller was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. His ashes were scattered at the Rockefeller Estate in nearby Tarrytown. He does not have a final resting place in a cemetery.