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Ex-Sen. Claiborne Pell, proponent of student grants, dies
(CNN) — Former U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, who was largely responsible for the Pell grant program for U.S. college students, died Thursday morning at his Rhode Island home, his family said. Pell, 90, “died peacefully in the presence of his wife, Nuala, and family members” in Newport, the family statement said. He had Parkinson’s disease for a number of years. Pell was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island in 1960, and served from January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1997, when he retired. He was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1987 to 1994, and was named U.S. delegate to the United Nations in 1997. “The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people,” he once said.


January 2, 2009 - Posted by | Deaths

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