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British Duke Gerald Grosvenor Dead at 64, Backed UK Soldier Hospital Construction Project

Gerald Grosvenor

Gerald Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, has died at the age of 64 in his 22,000-acre Abbeystead Estate in Lancashire, England due to a heart attack, the New York Times reported Monday.

Sam Roberts writes throughout Grosvenor’s stint as Duke of Westminster he served as Grosvenor Estate‘s chairman of trustees and held the title of the country’s richest landowner with an estimated $12 billion in wealth.

Grosvenor launched a program to invest $390.2 million into the relocation of the Defense and National Rehabilitation Center in Headley Court to a new purpose-built location at Stanford Hall that will provide immediate access to on-site patient diagnosis and treatment plans.

“His personal vision and ambition to create the Defense and National Rehabilitation Centre is an inspiration, and his legacy will continue to touch the lives of soldiers and their families for decades to come,” Teresa Carlson, Amazon Web Services public sector leader, told Fedscoop.

“The Duke of Westminster’s selfless commitment to the care of all of the United Kingdom’s soldiers inspired us in the United States in our own responsibilities to our veterans. In doing so the Duke strengthened the crucial military alliance between the US and the UK Armed Forces to help ensure the safety of the international community at a precariously dangerous time in global politics,” retired Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen said in a statement.

Mullen holds the title of honorary president for the American Friends of Black Stork organization, a US-based nonprofit that supports the U.K. DNRC.

The 425,000-square acre Stanford Hall facility will be four times bigger than the Headley Court facility and feature a 224 patient bed capacity, gyms and physiotherapy spaces, pool complex and a rehabilitation research center with a gait lab and virtual reality unit.

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