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Robert and Jeanne Bigelow

Robert Bigelow and Jeanne Marie Grayle met at Boston University, where Bob was studying journalism on the GI Bill and Jeanne was pursuing a master’s degree in education.  She was the smartest person he had ever met, and he was the only man who could keep up with her.  They got married in 1949, after Bob graduated and Jeanne completed the coursework for her degree, and moved to New York, where Bob eventually landed at the New York Post.  Along the way, Bob studied painting and sculpture at the Pratt Institute on a Regents’ Scholarship.
Bob and Jeanne were never afraid of change and made friends easily. In 1963, with son Jonathan in tow, they moved to Hawaii and instantly felt great affection for its people and culture.  Bob joined the staff of the Honolulu Advertiser, and they put aside enough to send Jonathan to Punahou, where he thrived.  May this fund honor their memory while helping others to thrive in the same way.
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