Former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell dies at the age of 90.
Wired PR News.com – Former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, who created the Pell Grant program that has helped fund the education of millions of students in colleges and universities across the nation, has died. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Pell suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, which he was first diagnosed with in 1994. The former Senator was 90 years old.
First elected in 1960, Pell served six terms on the Senate. Aside from founding the monumental college grant program, he is also noted for his efforts in dealing with maritime issues and foreign affairs. Rep. Jim Langevin is quoted by the AP as describing Pell as someone who “embodied the highest ideals of public service.” The Democrat was also stated to be highly regarded for his politeness.
Pell reportedly died at his home in Newport, Rhode Island on Thursday.