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Shriver, Robert Sargent,

1915–2011, U.S. public official, b. Westminster, Md., husband of Eunice ShriverShriver, Eunice Mary Kennedy,
1921–2009, American philanthropist and advocate for the intellectually disabled, b. Brookline, Mass., grad. Stanford (1943); she was a daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy and a sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F.
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. A lawyer, he served in World War II and was (1945–46) an assistant editor of Newsweek magazine before joining the business enterprises of his future father-in-law, Joseph P. KennedyKennedy, Joseph Patrick,
1888–1969, U.S. ambassador to Great Britain (1937–40), b. Boston, grad. Harvard, 1912. The founder of an American dynasty, he was the father of nine children, including John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward M.
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. He participated in John F. KennedyKennedy, John Fitzgerald,
1917–63, 35th President of the United States (1961–63), b. Brookline, Mass.; son of Joseph P. Kennedy. Early Life

While an undergraduate at Harvard (1936–40) he served briefly in London as secretary to his father, who was
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's successful presidential campaign, and in 1961 he was appointed the first director of the U.S. Peace CorpsPeace Corps,
agency of the U.S. government, whose purpose is to assist underdeveloped countries in meeting their needs for trained manpower. The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by executive order of President Kennedy; Congress approved it as a permanent agency within the
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. President Lyndon B. JohnsonJohnson, Lyndon Baines,
1908–73, 36th President of the United States (1963–69), b. near Stonewall, Tex. Early Life

Born into a farm family, he graduated (1930) from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Southwest Texas State Univ.), in San Marcos.
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 also named him (1964) director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), an antipoverty agency that developed Head StartHead Start,
U.S. educational program for disadvantaged preschool children, established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Aimed initially only at poor children, its purpose was to organize programs that would prepare preschool children for elementary school.
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, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and other programs, and he held both posts until 1966, when he resigned from the Peace Corps to devote himself to OEO. In 1968 he was appointed ambassador to France; he held that post until 1970. He became George McGovernMcGovern, George Stanley
, 1922–2012, U.S. senator from South Dakota (1963–81), b. Avon, S.Dak. He was a decorated B-24 bomber pilot during World War II. He later obtained degrees from Dakota Wesleyan Univ. (B.A., 1946) and Northwestern (Ph.D.
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's vice presidential running mate in 1972, after Thomas EagletonEagleton, Thomas Francis,
1929–2007, U.S. senator (1968–87), b. St. Louis, Mo. Admitted to the bar in 1953, he entered Democratic politics in Missouri and served as circuit attorney for St.
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 withdrew from the Democratic ticket. McGovern and Shriver lost to Nixon and Agnew. He made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976.


See his Point of the Lance (1964); biographies by R. A. Liston (1964) and S. Stossel (2004).

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Tomorrow, the younger Shriver, who has written a book about his father, will try to convey some of Sargent Shriver's spirit to the crowd on Mount St.
Maria was born on November 6, 1955, in Chicago, the daughter of Eunice Kennedy - JFK's sister - and Robert Sargent Shriver who was once head of the Peace Corps and a vice-presidential candidate.
My old boss at the Peace Corps, Sargent Shriver, spent a quarter of his time searching for talent to staff the agency and maintain its vitality.
Michelle Mbekani-Wiley, from the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, said this approach is wrongheaded and that police are unequipped to recognize or respond to mental health issues.
programs for Save the Children, will give a talk about his father, the subject of his recent memoir "A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver" at 7:30 p.m.
But she soon proved herself to be enthusiastic, energetic and fiercely protective of her agency By the time she left in 1989 (still the longest-serving director), staff and current and former volunteers "acclaimed her as the most beloved and inspiring of all Peace Corps directors since Sargent Shriver," Meisler writes.
Averell Harriman, Edward Bennett Williams, Nelson Rockefeller, Dean Acheson, or Sargent Shriver. It was only after Roger Wilkins, then a young White House aide, pointed out how silly it would be to pass a home-rule bill and then name a white man mayor of a majority-black city that Walter Washington, a black, was appointed.
- Sargent Shriver, a Kennedy brother-in-law and the founding director of the Peace Corps, came by one day in 1976 as a candidate for his party's presidential nomination.
With its founding father, Sargent Shriver, new to the afterlife by just a week, the nation's $700 million community action program received an unexpected eulogy from President Obama.
The sixties' currents, for example, took Jay Rockefeller first to the Peace Corps then to West Virginia to work in antipoverty causes; they also interested people like Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the president and wife of Sargent Shriver, in juvenile delinquency.
In the hundreds of conversations I had with Sargent Shriver in the 45 years I knew him, beginning in 1966 when he brought me to Washington to toil as his speechwriter at the Office of Economic Opportunity, some of his favorite stories were about Peace Corps volunteers.
Sargent Shriver, the driving force behind the Peace Corps, urged the 715 members of the class of 2010 to follow the path of other school graduates, who devoted their careers to helping the less fortunate.