Rochelle Grubb always gave 110% to everything on her plate. She played a leading role in the revitalization of uptown Lexington, NC, was very involved in the real estate business started by her late husband, raised three sons, and was active with many non-profits in her community and throughout the state. In 1998, Rochelle joined the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors. She had lost her husband Bob to colon cancer in 1995 and was committed to doing what she could to help in the fight against cancer.
In 2000, Rochelle decided to endow a graduate fellowship at UNC Lineberger in memory of Bob. The Robert L. Grubb Cancer Research Fellowship Fund helps the Cancer Center recruit and retain the best and the brightest post-doctoral fellows.
In June 2004, Rochelle faced her own battle with ovarian cancer which she lost less than a year later in May 2005. Her three sons – Clay, Gordon and George – wanted to find a meaningful way to honor their mother’s memory and help find a cure for cancer. They decided to support the Robert L. Grubb Cancer Research Fellowship with an additional gift of $25,000 and changed its name to honor both of their parents.
Today the Robert and Rochelle Grubb Cancer Research Fellowship Fund supports promising young cancer scientists. A visionary gift honoring two visionary community leaders.