John D. Rockefeller 3rd was a trustee of the China Medical Board from 1930 to 1947. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he committed his life to philanthropic endeavors. After a formative experience as a young man working for the Institute of Pacific Relations in Japan, he held an abiding interest in Asia, and after serving in the Navy during World War II, he was involved in a task force devoted to planning postwar policy for Japan. He founded the Asia Society and helped reinstate the Japan Society. He and his wife, Blanchette Ferry Rockefeller, were also avid collectors of Asian art.