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Vice president Nelson Rockefeller embraces and kisses Elisabetta Banolo, 80, a victim of last weeks's earthquake which struck Northern Italy during a tour of a tent city in the Alpine foothills village of Osoppo. The town was destroyed.Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ January 26, 1979) was the 41st Vice President of the United States (1974Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1977), serving under President Gerald Ford, and the 49th Governor of New York (1959Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1973), as well as serving the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower administrations in a variety of positions. A member of the Rockefeller family, he was also a noted businessman, art collector, and philanthropist.Rockefeller, a Republican, was relatively liberal and his views were generally closer to those of the opposing Democratic Party. In his time, moderates in the Republican party were called "Rockefeller Republicans". As Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973 his achievements included the expansion of the State University of New York, efforts to protect the environment, the building of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, increased facilities and personnel for medical care, and creation of the New York State Council on the Arts. After unsuccessfully seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 1960, 1964, and 1968, he served as Vice President (under the 25th Amendment) from 1974 to 1977 under President Gerald R. Ford, but did not join the 1976 Republican national ticket with President Ford, marking his retirement from politics.As a businessman he was President and later Chairman of Rockefeller Center, Inc., and he formed the International Basic Economy Corporation in 1947. Rockefeller assembled a significant art collection and promoted public access to the arts. He served as trustee, treasurer, and president, of the Museum of Modern Art, and founded the Museum of Primitive Art in 1954. In the area of philanthropy, he established the American International Association for Economic and Social Development in 1946, and with his four brothers he founded the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1940 and helped guide it.