- NAME: Sargent Shriver
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Legal Professional, Military Leader, Diplomat
- BIRTH DATE: November 09, 1915
- DEATH DATE: January 18, 2011
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Westminster, Maryland
- PLACE OF DEATH: Bethesda, Maryland
- AKA: Robert Sargent Shriver
- AKA: Sargent Shriver
- Full Name: Robert Sargent Shriver Jr.
- AKA: R. Sargent Shriver
- Nickname: Sarge
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Sargent Shriver was a political administrator and diplomat perhaps best known for designing the U.S. Peace Corps, which was established in 1961. Shriver served as first director of the organization from its inception until 1966.
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In the late 1970s, Shriver focused on improving understanding between different faiths, and brought together Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to meet and discuss religious issues. Shriver also strove to help those with disabilities. In 1984, he became president of the Special Olympics, an organization founded by his wife, Eunice Kennedy. Shriver helped the organization expand internationally during his tenure.
In honor of his many years of public service, Shriver received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1994. He stepped back from his activism in his later years for health reasons. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, Shriver lived at a special-care facility near the end of his life. He died on January 18, 2011, at the age of 95, in Bethesda, Maryland.
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