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Published November 19, 2012, 02:46 PM

Longtime Advocate for People with Disabilities Dies at 56

A Grand Forks man who fought for the rights of people with disabilities has died, but both his attitude and the issues he fought for will not be forgotten.

A Grand Forks man who fought for the rights of people with disabilities has died, but both his attitude and the issues he fought for will not be forgotten.

Robert "Bobby" Vogel advocated at both a city and state level for the rights of people with disabilities. Vogel died last week from a sudden illness. He was 56 years old.

The advocate had spina bifida and was confined to a wheelchair, but that didn't stop him from trying to make a difference with the transit system and being active in several community groups. That included Partners in Policy Making, Self-Advocacy Solutions North Dakota and the LISTEN Center. Vogel's father Robert was a former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota and justice on the state supreme court.

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