Sargent Shriver

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Sargent Shriver

His eldest child is Bobby Shriver

"After ending his military career, Shriver worked briefly as an editorial assistant at Newsweek magazine before joining the staff of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy as manager of the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Later, he participated in the formation of some of the programs developed and supported by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.

"During his long... career, Shriver:

  • 1947-48: Conducted, with his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the National Conference on Prevention and Control of Juvenile Delinquency in Washington
  • 1960: Worked as a political and organization coordinator in the Wisconsin and West Virginia primaries for Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy
  • 1961-66: Served as the organizer and first Director of the Peace Corps, where he developed volunteer activities in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • 1965-68: Served as Special Assistant to President Johnson
  • 1968-70: Served as U.S. Ambassador to France
  • 1970: Served as Chairman of Congressional Leadership for the Future, traveling to 29 U.S. states to gain support for 89 Democratic candidates for the House and Senate
  • 1972: Nominated by the Democratic Party as a candidate for Vice President with Senator George McGovern in the presidential effort against incumbents Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew
  • 1975: Embarked on a nationwide Lecture tour "Co-Existence and Common Existence" of the USSR at the invitation of the Soviet government
  • 1978: Inaugurated the Kennedy Institute of Ethics "Trialogue" to foster discussions between leaders of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Religions
  • 1981: Appointed to the Rockefeller University Council, an organization devoted exclusively to research and graduate education in the biomedical and related sciences
  • 1984: Elected President of Special Olympics by the Board of Directors; as President, he directed the operation and international development of sports programs around the world
  • 1986: Retired as Partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; named of Counsel to FFHS&J
  • 1990: Appointed Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics
  • 1994: Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, from President Clinton on August 8; dedicated The Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County to engage the strengths and resources of higher education in finding creative solutions to the most troublesome social problems of our time
  • 1998: Shriver Hall dedicated in new Peace Corps Building in Washington, D.C., USA
  • 1999: Shriver Job Corps Center dedicated in Devens, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2001: Received the "Distinguished American Award" from the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation for his inspiring work with the Peace Corps; Shriver Head Start Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, dedicated
  • 2003: In June, Shriver stepped down as Chairman of Special Olympics and was appointed Chairman Emeritus in recognition of his long service and dedication to the Movement, which he continues to serve as an ambassador of optimism and good will.

"Shriver holds positions in many associations, including: Director, Arms Control Association; Director, The American Council on Germany; and Co-Chairman, Friends of VISTA. His association memberships include: National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry, Navy League, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus...

"Shriver is married to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, daughter of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of Special Olympics and the Executive Vice President of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. The Shrivers have five children: Robert Sargent Shriver III, Maria Owings Shriver Schwarzenegger, Timothy Perry Shriver, Mark Kennedy Shriver, and Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver." [2]

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  1. Honorary Board, American Iranian Council, accessed November 28, 2007.
  2. Leaders, Special Olympics, accessed August 21, 2007.