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Former Sen. Pell, College Grant Creator, Dies At 90

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Former Sen. Pell, College Grant Creator, Dies At 90

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Former Sen. Pell, College Grant Creator, Dies At 90

Former Sen. Pell, College Grant Creator, Dies At 90

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Claiborne Pell, the six-term U.S. senator who created a program that helped tens of millions of Americans attend college, has died. He was 90. His family noted that the Rhode Island senator defined his job in seven words: "Translate ideas into actions and help people."

Pell won his Senate seat in 1960 and retired in 1997 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Scott MacKay, a political analyst at member station WRNI, talks with Guy Raz about Pell's legacy.