Sargent Shriver, First Peace Corps Director, Dies

Sargent Shriver, the man known as the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps and a former Democratic vice-presidential candidate, has died. He was 95.

Shriver, known as “Sarge,” was a member of the Kennedy political family, having been married to Eunice Kennedy, sister of former President John F. Kennedy. Shriver, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s in the last year’s of his life, was surrounded by his loved ones when he passed away at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, the Associated Press said in a report quoting an official statement from the family.

Shriver was the father of Maria Shriver, the wife of former California Gov. and action star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Shriver spent four decades in public service, including a significant role in his brother-in-law’s presidency, where he served as the first director of the Peace Corps. He stayed in the position even after JFK’s assassination and went on to help push forward President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” in the 1960s. Shriver also helped wife Eunice organize the Special Olympics for differently abled people, a sports spectacular that now involves over a million athletes from all over the world.