DNDi Mourns the Loss of Dr. Richard Rockefeller

New York – June 14, 2014 – The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) wishes to extend its deepest condolences to the Rockefeller Family for the tragic loss of Dr. Richard Rockefeller, who was killed in a plane crash the morning of June 13.

Dr. Rockefeller was instrumental in the creation and launch of DNDi in 2003, as part of his long-standing commitment to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and in particular its efforts to secure access to essential medicines for people in developing countries. Dr. Rockefeller was a treasured friend of many in DNDi. He was an advisor, supporter, and advocate for us, and we are extremely honored to have worked closely with him. We deeply admired Dr. Rockefeller and his dedication to the alleviation of human suffering, including his strong support for urgently needed research and development for neglected patients. We are deeply saddened by Dr. Rockefeller’s loss, and our thoughts are with his family at this time.


Richard Rockefeller
Credit: MSF/François Servranckx
  • DNDi statement (pdf)
  • MSF statement (link)
  • MSF memorial page (link)

Boston Globe op-ed by Richard Rockefeller, “A Fatal Imbalance in Medical Treatment”, June 12, 2003

Profile on DNDi for RockLinks Family Newsletter, sponsored by Richard Rockefeller, March 2014

Statement from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, “The Fund Mourns the Loss of Richard Rockefeller”, June 16, 2014

Tribute to Richard Rockefeller by his friend, James Fallow, national correspondent for The Atlantic, former chief speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, The Atlantic, June 14, 2014

The New York Times obituary for Dr. Rockefeller, June 23, 2014


Contact: Oliver Yun, Communications Manager, oyun@dndi.org, (646) 266-5216
DNDi North America