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R. Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Founder, Dead at 95

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Senator Edward Kennedy's brother in law Sargent Shriver is escorted to his seat in the church by his son Anthony Kennedy Shriver (R) Senator Edward Kennedy's brother in law Sargent Shriver is escorted to his seat in the church by his son Anthony Kennedy Shriver (R) (Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty)

Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, has died. He was 95.

Shriver, the brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy, was appointed by the commander in chief in the early 1960s to spearhead the Peace Corps, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

He ran as Democrat George McGovern’s vice presidential nominee in 1972. McGovern and Shriver lost the election to Nixon and Agnew.

During his acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in 1972, Shriver spoke about the history of the party and promised to build the coalition "Robert Kennedy dreamed of."

"There must be fairness for each or there is fairness for none," Shriver said.

In 1953, Shriver married Eunice Kennedy. Together they helped found the Special Olympics. She died in 2009.

The pair had four sons and one daughter, Maria Shriver, who is now married to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is a leader in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

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