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Remembering A Legend
(2007-12-24)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A philanthropist and grandson of
automotive pioneer Ransom Eli Olds has died.
J Woodward Roe was 86.
Roe died last week at a nursing home in Florida after a bout
with Parkinson's disease and other ailments.
He and his wife of 57 years lived in Juno Beach in recent years.
The Lansing native graduated from Williams College in
Massachusetts. He served in World War II as a first lieutenant in
the Army.
Roe served as president of the R-E Olds Company and the Ransom
Fidelity Company, which were set up from the auto pioneer's fortune
to handle the family's investments and charitable work.
Roe's funeral is planned for June in Lansing.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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