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Remembering Sargent Shriver

Sargent Shriver, the founding director of the Peace Corps, died yesterday at the age of 95. A true public servant, he was never elected to any political office — he was, however, George McGovern's vice-presidential running mate in the 1972 presidential election. In addition to his work with the Peace Corps, Mr. Shriver became a chief architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty, served as ambassador to France, and headed the Special Olympics which was founded by his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver. President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. In 2011, the Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary. More than 200,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries during this time. Mr. Shriver is survived by his four sons, and one daughter - Maria Shriver — as well as 19 grandchildren.