Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In Memoriam: Sargent Shriver (1915-2011)

Sargent Shriver passed away today at the age of 95. It was a long, good life, and it was a life that touched many.

Shriver was a founder and the first director of the Peace Corps. Founded in the Camelot spirit of the Kennedy Administration, the Peace Corps has done much to spread what's best about the United States across the globe. Shriver was also a Vice Presidential candidate with George McGovern in the 1972 Presidential Election. They ultimately lost to Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew in a landslide. After a failed Presidential run in 1976, Shriver resumed a life of activism.

For the last several years, he has suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. Shriver lost his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, in 2009. The Kennedys also were struck by the loss of Edward Kennedy last year. Shriver is the father of Maria Shriver, the former First Lady of California.

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