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Rockefellers Welcome Their First Grandson

September 15, 2007
This may seem like a mathematical brain teaser: When does a “fifth” in the Rockefeller family also equal a “first” and a “sixth”?

Answer: When the person in question is the family’s first grandson and the sixth male to carry the extended clan’s most famous name.

Sen. John D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., and his wife, Sharon, have announced the Aug. 29 birth of their first grandson, John D. Rockefeller VI. Baby John is the son of John D. Rockefeller V, the senior Rockefellers’ eldest child, and his wife, Emily. John and Emily, who reside in Baltimore, have two daughters, Laura Chandler Rockefeller, 7, and Sophia Percy Rockefeller, 5. The new papa, 38-year-old John D. Rockefeller V, also known as Jamie, is finishing a doctorate in American literature at Johns Hopkins University.

John D. Rockefeller VI is the fifth grandchild for Jay and Sharon Rockefeller. Two weeks earlier, they announced the Aug. 13 birth of their fourth grandchild, Lucille “Lucy” Natalia Wayne, the second daughter for Valerie Rockefeller and her husband, Steve Wayne. Their first daughter, Percy Abigail Wayne, will turn 2 in November.


An actor with family in Marshall County has been getting considerable airtime on a new television mini-series, “The Kill Point,” on Spike TV.

Karen Baum, daughter of Tom Baum of West Mifflin, Pa., formerly of Moundsville, has had a speaking role — that of a bank teller, one of the hostages being held by bank robbers — in the eight-week drama series, which has been filmed in Pittsburgh. Relatives say she had a lot of lines in the first episode.

Baum is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Baum of Moundsville. Her aunt and uncle are Paula and Jerry Connor, also of Moundsville.

A graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Baum also appeared in the PBS documentary, “The War That Made America,” recounting the story of the French and Indian War, with principal attention to the conflict in western Pennsylvania.

Family members say that Baum does a lot of theatrical work related to the plays of William Shakespeare. She starred as Juliet in a production of “Romeo and Juliet” that toured high schools in the region, and she has taught Shakespeare classes for college-age and younger students.


Continuing on a theatrical note, Wheeling native Aaron Galligan-Stierle has landed his first role on Broadway.

Galligan-Stierle, a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and Shenandoah University, has been cast in the role of Cindy-Lou Who’s father in the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” musical in the upcoming holiday season.

The musical production debuted last holiday season and was so successful that it’s coming back this year.


“Margaret Garner,” the new opera by Richard Danielpour (who served twice as composer-in-residence for the Wheeling Symphony) had its New York premiere Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Soprano Tracie Luck — who performed selections from the opera with the Wheeling Symphony a couple of seasons ago — is singing the title role in the New York City Opera production.

Wheeling Symphony Music Director Andre Raphel Smith was in the audience for the opening-night performance at the New York State Theatre.

The New Yorker magazine described “Margaret Garner” as “the starry collaborative effort of the American neo-Romantic Richard Danielpour and the literary legend Toni Morrison.” Morrison, who wrote the libretto, drew upon the character of the runaway slave from her novel, “Beloved,” for the opera’s plot.

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