Obituary: Grape, Matthew Hamilton, Noble and Greenough Graduate, Class of 2008
- Deceased's name: Matthew Hamilton Grape
- Age: 21
- Date: September 15, 2011, from a car accident in NC
- Hometown: Wellesley
- Survived by: Parents, Peter A. and Linda Oliver Grape, siblings, sister, Katherine (Katie) and Peter, Jr., his beloved dog, Brandy and grandparents, S. Roger and Carol Oliver of Cabot, Pennsylvania.
Matt is also survived by aunts and uncles, Judy and Charlie Barnett of Darien, CT, Dee and Eric Karlen, MD of Marietta, GA, Tom and Anne Grape of Weston, Peg and Dan Kinkade of Carrollton, Texas and Mary Sue and Ted Wolf of Lititz, Pennsylvania as well as many cousins.
Matt was the grandson of the late Mary Oliver and Dudley and Emily Grape.
Matt was a senior at Duke University where he was a Political Science major. He was born in Boston and lived in Wellesley his entire life. He attended Wellesley Public Schools and was a 2008 graduate of Noble and Greenough School in Dedham. Matt started Duke in August, 2008 and immediately fell in love with all that the school offered – athletics, academics, and most importantly, his friends. During the summer of 2010, he studied at the London School of Economics and enjoyed all that London had to offer. He was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Duke and was Vice President of the Duke Pre-Law Society. At Nobles, he was the Co-President of the Spirit Club, a member of the football and basketball teams and Vice President of the Film Appreciation Club. He volunteered during Hurricane Katrina clean-up in New Orleans. Matt was a sports fanatic and was a true lover of all New England sports. During his middle school and high school years, he was an umpire for the Wellesley Little League for seven years and participated in Wellesley Youth Hockey, Town Basketball, CYO Basketball, Wellesley Youth Lacrosse and Wellesley Little League. He worked during the summer of 2011 as an intern for Bloomberg in Washington, DC. Matt also worked as a member of the Nobles Buildings and Grounds department for two summers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 81207, Wellesley, MA 02481.