Claiborne Pell, the quirky blueblood who represented blue-collar Rhode Island in
the U.S. Senate for 36 years and was the force behind a grant program that has
helped tens of millions of Americans attend college, died Thursday after a long
battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90.
My deepest gratitude goes out to Senator Pell for his decades of public service (in addition to serving as a U.S. Senator, he was in the Coast Guard in WWII, seeing service in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean, and he also worked as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department), and my deepest condolences go out to his friends and family on their loss.
Information on the Pell Grant programs is available here.