With all of the politicians that are in the news for all of the wrong reasons, it’s good to be reminded of one that was great. Claiborne Pell created the Pell Grant which has helped many who could not afford college otherwise get their education. He barely made it to the year 2009 because he passed away shortly after it. This is a man to be remembered. What a wonderful man! Here’s an excerpt from a NY Times obituary:
“Claiborne Pell, the quirky, patrician former senator from Rhode Island who created the college grant program that bears his name and wrote the legislation that established the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, died just after midnight Thursday at his Newport, R.I., home. He was 90.
Mr. Pell was stricken with Parkinson’s disease at the end of his Senate career, and his illness forced him to retire in January 1997 after six terms in the Senate. His death was confirmed by Thomas G. Hughes, his former chief of staff.
Mr. Pell, a Democrat, was widely regarded as the most formidable politician in Rhode Island history; in six statewide victories over Republican opponents, he received an average of 64 percent of the vote.
Mr. Pell was best known for devising legislation that created the program that has dispensed grants to tens of millions of poor and middle-class college students.
He often remarked that he had been motivated to help students meet the high cost of a college education because the G.I. Bill of Rights — the program of federal educational grants to returning service members after World War II — had meant so much to him personally. The fact was that with Mr. Pell’s vast family wealth, derived from an 18th-century royal charter of land from King George III of England, he could have purchased some of the educational institutions they attended, let alone paid their tuition bills.”(End of Excerpt) To read the entire obituary go here:(http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/02/us/politics/02pell.html?partner=rss&emc=rss