Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy praised former Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell on Monday as a "gentlemanly" fighter with a long list of legislative achievements.
Kennedy was among those paying tribute to Pell at funeral services in Newport, Rhode Island this morning.
Pell is best remembered for the federal grants that allowed millions of Americans to afford college.
He was also the main senate sponsor of the 1965 law which created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He also participated in the 1945 conference in San Francisco that wrote the United Nations charter.
Pell died last week at the age of 90, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
This program aired on January 5, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.