Sargent Shriver dies at 95
Sargent Shriver attended a funeral service for his brother-in-law Sen. Edward Kennedy in August 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.
January 18th, 2011
04:51 PM ET

Sargent Shriver dies at 95

R. Sargent Shriver, who was responsible for launching the U.S. Peace Corps after marrying into the Kennedy family and joining John F. Kennedy's White House, has died, a family source told CNN.

Shriver, whose full name was Robert Sargent Shriver, was 95. He had suffered for years from Alzheimer's disease.

After overseeing the Peace Corps launch in the early 1960s, Shriver went on to serve subsequent presidential administrations and kept up his activism throughout his life, becoming a chief architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty and later heading the Special Olympics, which was founded by his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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  1. Sees All Evil

    Rest In Peace and may God comfort his family.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Condolences to thr entire Shriver family.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    We need more MEN like him!

    January 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Richard in Texas

    Honorable public service.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |