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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rights champion dies

NATICK

Robert Donahue, who was an advocate of equal rights for the disabled, has died, The Globe reports in an obituary today.

Donahue, 70, of Natick, was left a paraplegic after a spinal cord injury in 1978. He was an ombudsman for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and lobbied the State House to pass laws protecting the rights of people with disablities.

``His own experiences gave him a tremendous amount of insight into what other people were experiencing and what their needs were," said Janna Zwerner, chief of staff of the agency in Boston, who worked with Mr. Donahue for 14 years. ``He had this calm nature and ability to really listen to people's problems."

-- Erica Tochin

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