Daily Archives: January 1, 2009

Former RI Senator Claiborne Pell Dies

From the Providence Journal.

Claiborne deBorda Pell, the quirky Newport blueblood who held the affections of blue-collar Rhode Island and championed better education of the poor during a 36-year Senate career, died shortly after midnight today at his home in Newport. He was 90 years old.

Pell is best remembered for the creation of the college grant program that bears his name, that have helped millions attend.  The Pell Grants, originally called the Basic Educational Opportunity Grants (BEOG) created  in 1972.

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