Tuesday, January 18, 2011

News : Sargent Shriver | First Peace Corps Leader Has Died At Age 95.

NEWS : BETHESDA, Md. — Sargent Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family and a former U.S. vice presidential nominee who served as the first Peace Corps director, died on Tuesday. He was 95.

In 1976 I became the Deputy Campaign Manager for Sargent Shriver's bid for U.S. President. Often traveling with Sarge throughout the campaign, I met numerous former volunteers and heard the stories of the early days, and the decisions that had to be made in the early 1960s about how service would work and who would be allowed to serve. The discussions of language immersion, cultural training, and living arrangements were a centerpiece.

President Barack Obama called Shriver, "one of the brightest lights of the greatest generation." "Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Sarge came to embody the idea of public service," Obama said in a statement.

Born in 1915 to a prominent old Maryland family, Shriver was the son of a stockbroker who would lose most of his money in the crash of 1929.
His family said in a statement that Shriver, known as Sarge, was surrounded by his five children and 19 grandchildren when he died in a Washington-area hospital.Sargent Shriver did several immense services this to country, including launching the U.S. Peace Corps after marrying into the Kennedy family as well as heading the Special Olympics.
We send out our condolences to the Shrivers and Kennedys for their loss. He was truly one of the great ones.

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