David Rockefeller Sr. stands with United Church of Christ of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor officials, from left, Karen Pinkham, Cindy Minutolo and Joe Cistone, in front of the young apple tree that the church dedicated in his honor at the Seal Harbor Village Green last Saturday. PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Apple tree honors Rockefeller



MOUNT DESERT — A young apple tree planted in the Seal Harbor Village Green by the United Church of Christ of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor was dedicated in honor of David Rockefeller Sr. last Saturday.

Rockefeller, a seasonal resident of Seal Harbor, turned 100 on June 12. Known for his generosity, he announced in May that he is giving Little Long Pond and more than 1,000 acres of land surrounding it to the Land and Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island.

“Perhaps no living person has had a greater impact upon our church, the village of Seal Harbor and our wider island community than David Rockefeller,” Joseph Cistone, chairman on the church’s trustees, said at the tree dedication ceremony.

In the 1950s, David Rockefeller and his brothers donated to the church the building next to the village green that houses the church’s Abby Chapel. David’s father, John D. Rockefeller Jr., gave the town of Mount Desert the land for the village green in 1919.

“The David Rockefeller Foundation has been a generous supporter of our congregation and our inclusive mission over the years,” Cistone said.

Rockefeller attended the brief tree dedication ceremony and thanked the church congregation for honoring him.

“All of you are younger than I am,” he said to laughter from the three dozen or so others in attendance. “But as you get older, I hope that you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of living in this lovely community.

“I am delighted that this tree has already borne one apple. Hopefully there will be many more in the future. And I hope there will be other occasions for us all to get together.”

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com
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