Sargent Shriver dead at 95

Father of Maria Shriver and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy won the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Sargent Shriver dead at 95Portrait of R. Sargent Shriver (ca. 1962), first Director of the Peace Corps. Photograph in the R. Sargent Shriver Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Father of Maria Shriver and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy has died in Maryland, AP reports. Shriver was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2003.

He served as the director of the Peace Corps and was George McGovern’s running mate in the 1972 presidential elections.

USA Today has published an obituary of Shriver’s life, highlighting his record of public service despite never winning an election to political office. 

Michelle Fitzsimmons is an editorial fellow at Salon.com.

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