As a Conservative (roughly the equivalent of today's Republican) legislator from
Graw died of pneumonia
Graw was born in
He found himself headed to
Eventually he was sent to
Graw, who was badly injured in a
The Graws were founding members of Nativity of
In 1962 Graw was elected to the Legislature, representing a House district that was for the first time exclusively
His proudest political accomplishment was co-authoring legislation that created five junior colleges in
His reasons for promoting suburban junior colleges, an idea some considered outlandish, were personal and civic, said Darr. "He had ... a difficult time finding education for himself," she said. "He just felt this was a responsibility we had as a state to provide opportunities close to home."
Graw, who served more than a decade in the Legislature, worked in later years as a broker buying and selling small businesses in
Normandale this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Darr said, and college officials invited Graw to visit the campus just a week before he died. "It was like he got to see his jewel," she said. "It was such a moving day for him."
Besides his sons, Graw is survived by a daughter,
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