Graydon Belvin Grinnell (1921 - 2008)

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Graydon Belvin Grinnell
1921 - 2008
updated February 06, 2019
Graydon Belvin Grinnell, father to 1 child, was born on August 8, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born to Milton Wilder Grinnell and Mary Florace (Menendez) Grinnell, and we currently have no other siblings in his family tree. He was baptized in Key West, Florida. Graydon's partner was Anna Sahlin, and they gave birth to Terry Lee Grinnell. Graydon died on October 12, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 87 years old.


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Graydon Belvin Grinnell

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Graydon Grinnell was born on at 7214 Passyunk Ave, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States 19142


Graydon Grinnell died on in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida United States

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Lauderdale Memorial Park, 2001 SW 4th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States 33315


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in Key West, Monroe County, Florida United States 33040

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Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida 33313


The University of Florida


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U.S. Navy (WWII)

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Milton Wilder Grinnell
Feb 15, 1890 - Apr 7, 1948
Mary Florace (Menendez) Grinnell
Dec 13, 1902 - Nov 12, 1992

Graydon Belvin Grinnell & Anna Greta (Sahlin) Grinnell

Graydon Belvin Grinnell


Anna Greta (Sahlin) Grinnell
Oct 27, 1918 - Nov 23, 1990


Terry Lee Grinnell
Sep 6, 1946 - Feb 28, 2002


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His time at Grand Caymans WWII US Naval base, is in its logs at the Cayman Islands National Archive collection.
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Graydon Grinnell Obituary

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Grinnell, Graydon B. "Bear", 87, of Virginia's Country Manor in Lauderhill, entered peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, October 12th. He was visited by his many friends, and supported by the loving staffs of Virginia's Country Manor, Heritage Home Care and Vitas Hospice. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Graydon spent much of his young life in Key West, where legend has it, he was named after an engineer of The Florida East Coast Railway. It is also said that, his grandmother wrote the first Key Lime Pie recipe from her pie shop in Key West. He attended The University of Florida when it was an all male college and enlisted to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He joins his wife, Ann of 46 years, and his son, Terry. He is survived by his goddaughter, Melinda Mayerat and her husband, Steve Mayerat, and by his many friends he has made over the years. Graydon was a true gentleman, always positive, and made everyone smile. We will miss the many stories of adventures of his life. We love you Bear, see you later, my friend. Services will be held at Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15th at 10:00 AM, 2001 SW 4th Ave., 33315, and a celebration of his life will be on Saturday, October 18th, 2:00 PM at Virginia's Country Manor.

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1921 - 2008 World Events

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In 1921, in the year that Graydon Belvin Grinnell was born, hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1948, Graydon was 27 years old when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1952, Graydon was 31 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1976, Graydon was 55 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1993, at the age of 72 years old, Graydon was alive when on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

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