Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller, 57, died peacefully at 10:37 a.m. Sunday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He was surrounded by his family. Details of his funeral arrangements are still pending.
Rockefeller returned home to Arkansas on Saturday, July 8, after a second bone marrow transplant for a life-threatening blood disorder failed to produce encouraging results.
Win Rockefeller cut short his plans last summer to campaign for the Republican nomination for governor, saying he had been diagnosed with myeloproliferative disorder.
The lieutenant governor received a bone marrow transplant last October through the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and a second transplant March 29 after the first operation was unsuccessful.
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Rockefeller was elected lieutenant governor in November 1996 in a special election. He was elected to a full four-year term with 67 percent of the vote in November 1998 and was re-elected with 60 percent of the vote in November 2002.
Rockefeller worked to attract industries to Arkansas and to strengthen the state's existing industries. He supported literacy councils across Arkansas and served as honorary chairman of the Arkansas Literary Festival. In 1997, he created Books in the Attic, a program in which Boy Scouts collect used books to distribute to families. A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, he sponsored Project ChildSafe, which has distributed hundreds of thousands of free trigger locks in Arkansas.
He was active in public service long before he was elected lieutenant governor. He has served as president of the Quapaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, currently served on the Boy Scouts National Board of Directors, and was an assistant Scoutmaster. He served from 1981-1995 on the Arkansas State Police Commission. In 1991, he was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the President's Council on Rural America and was elected chairman. He has served on the national boards of Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy and on the boards of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center and the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation. He was also the founder of The Billfish Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting marlins, swordfish and other billfish, and was a Texas Christian University trustee emeritus.
Born September 17, 1948, he was the son of the late Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and grandson of the late John D. Rockefeller Jr. Rockefeller is the father of eight children. He and his wife, Lisenne, have homes at Winrock Farms in Conway County and in Little Rock.
(Some Information taken from Rockefeller’s Web site.)
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