Graydon Belvin Grinnell (1921 - 2008)

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Birth


7214 Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States

Baptized


Key West, Monroe County, Florida United States

Death


Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida United States

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Burial / Funeral

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

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Last Known Residence

Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida

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Family

Father: Milton Wilder Grinnell
Mother: Mary Florace (Menendez) Grinnell

Partner: Anna Greta (Sahlin) Grinnell
Children with Anna: Terry Lee Grinnell

Education

The University of Florida

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U.S. Navy (WWII)

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Belvin

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1921 - In the year that Graydon Belvin Grinnell was born, in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

1935 - Graydon was merely 14 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

1941 - By the time he was 20 years old, in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

1951 - When he was 30 years old, on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

1995 - By the time he was 74 years old, on May 19th, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil - before 9/11 - took place in Oklahoma City. A truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown - killing 68 people, injuring more than 680 others, and destroying one-third of the building. The most disturbing images were of children - a daycare center was hit by the bomb. The deadliest incident of domestic terrorism ever, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier were convicted of the bombing.

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