James Stillman Rockefeller, 102, former head of the bank that became Citigroup Inc. and one of the oldest known U.S. Olympic medal winner, died Aug. 10 at his home in Greenwich, Conn., after a stroke.

Mr. Rockefeller was a grandson of William Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil with his brother, John D. Rockefeller.

He captained an eight-man crew with coxswain from the Yale University rowing team to win the gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics -- beating the Canadian team by less than 16 seconds. Another member of the crew was Benjamin Spock, who became a renowned pediatrician with his best-selling book about child rearing.

U.S. Olympic Committee records show that Mr. Rockefeller was the oldest American medal winner, a committee spokeswoman said.

Mr. Rockefeller graduated from Yale in 1924 and started at the bank, then called the National City Bank, in 1930. Mr. Rockefeller was named president in 1952. He was named chairman in 1959 and retired in 1967.

The company later changed its name to Citicorp and became Citigroup in a 1998 merger with Travelers Group.

Mr. Rockefeller, who had served in the Airborne Command during World War II, also was a director of companies including Pan American Airways, Northern Pacific Railroad, NCR and Monsanto.

His wife, Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller, died in 1994.

Survivors include four children.

Dorothy Leonard Cole

Administrative Assistant

Dorothy Leonard Cole, 87, who retired from the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center in 1985, died Aug. 5 of complications from a stroke at the Fairfax Nursing Center in Fairfax. She lived in Oakton.

She was an administrative assistant at the naval research center in Bethesda for three years.

Mrs. Cole was born in Macon, Ga., and had lived in the Washington area since 1936.

She held several administrative positions with the federal government, including from 1938 to 1940 as secretary to David Lloyd Kreeger when he was with the Interior Department.

For 15 years beginning in the late 1960s, Mrs. Cole worked as an executive assistant at the Fairfax County school system's adult education program at Marshall High School in Falls Church.

Over the years, she took classes and workshops at George Washington University and other places, focusing mostly on poetry, writing and art.

In her seventies, she taught body recall classes, a form of exercise for mature adults, in Northern Virginia.

She was a poet and watercolorist. She also recently completed her memoirs.

Mrs. Cole was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax.

Her husband, Harold D. Cole, whom she married in 1941, died in 1976.

Survivors included a daughter, Janet E. Cole of Oakton; two sisters, Elizabeth L. Mayo of Alexandria and Marguerite L. Harris of Beverly, Mass.; and a brother, Emory M. Leonard of Macon.

Carol Jane Kreidler


Carol Jane Kreidler, 74, a teacher of English to foreign students, died of complications from diabetes Aug. 7 at her home in Washington.

Born in Cleveland, Mrs. Kreidler grew up in Wooster, Ohio, graduated from the College of Wooster and received a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1952. At Michigan, she became associated with the English Language Institute, an association that was to determine her professional career.

In 1955 and 1956, she taught in Indonesia in a program sponsored by the Ford Foundation to prepare teachers of English. She had been resident of Washington since 1963 and was associated at various times with the Center for Applied Linguistics, Immaculata Preparatory School and American University.

From 1976 to 1996, she was on the faculty of Georgetown University in the department of linguistics and the division of English as a foreign language, serving as the head of that division in the last years of her association.

Mrs. Kreidler was a founding member of the professional association Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) and served on the executive board of that organization. During the 1980s, she directed a self-study of the profession, a service that was recognized with a TESOL award in 1993. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority and served for several years as editor of its newsletter.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Kreidler of Washington; two children, Jim Kreidler of Washington and Julie Hickey of Reston; two brothers; and three grandsons.