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Bluefield photographer Mel Grubb passes away at 93


Photographer Mel Grubb of Bluefield passed away on Wednesday February 14, 2018 at the age of 93.

The following is from an interview with Grubb in 2016.

Grubb started his photography business in 1947 after serving in the Pacific during World War II. In addition to his private and commercial photography business, he also has documented many famous faces that have visited this area over the decades.

Some of them include Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy speaking at the then segregated Bluefield State College, JFK and wife Jackie, Hubert Humphrey, Arch Moore, Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd. Grubb says he had a special experience while standing on a ladder to photograph Robert Kennedy when he was in Princeton.

“Mr. Kennedy's front man came by and asked if he could use the ladder and let Mr. Kennedy stand on it, Bobby Kennedy. Of course I had to say yes, and I'm a Republican,” said Grubb

He says his most famous photo with out a doubt is the aerial image of the fog rolling down East River Mountain in Bluefield.

“Photography and flying, two great hobbies,” said Grubb.

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