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article imageSargent Shriver, public servant and founder of Peace Corps, dies

By Kay Mathews     Jan 18, 2011 in Politics
Robert Sargent Shriver passed away at the age of 95 after battling Alzheimer's disease, and leaves an almost unparalleled legacy of public service.
The Washington Post reports that Shriver died earlier today at the age of 95. The Post notes that Shriver was the founding director of the Peace Corps, and that his "work as head of the 1960s War on Poverty resulted in the creation of Head Start, VISTA and Job Corps."
USA Today notes that, "Since its creation, the Peace Corps has placed more than 200,000 volunteers in 139 countries."
Shriver was married to Eunice Kennedy Shriver who passed away at the age of 88 in August of 2009. As reported on DigitalJournal.com, the Shrivers had five children, and at that time, 19 grandchildren. Eunice was the sister of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and the Shrivers' daughter, Maria, is married to the former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
R. Sargent "Sarge" Shriver was born Nov. 9, 1915 in Westminster, MD and graduated from Yale University and Yale University's Law School.
Shriver's prestigious public service career includes serving as the organizer and first director of the Peace Corps, special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, and U.S. Ambassador to France. In the 1960s, Shriver is credited with creating Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps Legal Services, Community Action, Foster Grandparents, Indian and Migrant Opportunities, and Neighborhood Health Services.
In 1972, Shriver was George McGovern's vice presidential running mate in an unsuccessful effort to unseat incumbents Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.
It was in 2003 that the Shriver family revealed that Sargent Shriver suffered from Alzheimer's disease. According to a Jan. 16 report by Yahoo! News, citing Reuters, Shriver was admitted to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD., but a hospital spokeswoman "declined to provide any additional information."
He leaves five children: Robert Sargent Shriver III, Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, Timothy Shriver, Mark Shriver and Anthony Shriver.
According to USA Today, "Shriver's name also lives on at the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Shriver Center at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County."
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