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Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr
(1915 - 2011)

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Name: Mr Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr
Gender: Male
Age: 95 years old
Lived: Tuesday, 9 November 1915 - Tuesday, 18 January 2011

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Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. (November 9, 1915 – January 18, 2011) was an American politician and activist. Known as R. Sargent Shriver or Sarge, he is best known as part of the Kennedy family, as the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and as the Democratic Party's candidate for US vice president — having replaced nomineeThomas Eagleton, who resigned from the ticket — during the1972 Presidential election. Shriver died at the age of 95 on January 18, 2011.

Shriver was born in Westminster, Maryland, to Robert Sargent Shriver, Sr. and his wife Hilda Shriver. Of partial German ancestry, the Shriver family is descended from David Shriver, who signed the Maryland Constitution and Bill of Rights at Maryland's Constitutional Convention of 1776.

He spent his high school years at Canterbury School in New Milford, Connetiticut, which he attended on a full scholarship. After graduating, Shriver spent the summer in Germany as part of the Experiment in International Living, returning in the fall of 1934 to begin college at Yale University. He received his bachelor's degree in 1938 from Yale University, where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter) and Scroll and Key Society. He was Chairman of the Yale Daily News. Shriver went on to attend Yale Law School, earning an LL.B. degree in 1941.

An early opponent of American involvement in World War II, Shriver was a founding member of America First, an organization that tried to keep America out of the war. Still, Shriver volunteered for the United States Navy before even the attack on Pearl Harbour, saying he had a duty to serve his country even if he disagreed with its policies. He spent five years in active duty, rising to the rank of lieutenant. Shriver ultimately retracted his early opposition to the war.

Shriver's involvement with the Kennedy family began when family patriarch Joseph Kennedy, Sr. hired him to manage the Merchandise Mart, part of Kennedy's business empire, in Chicago, Illinios.
After a seven-year courtship, Shriver married Eunice Kennedy, a sister of then-Senator John F. Kennedy, on May 23, 1953 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New york City. They had five children:Robert Sargent Shriver III (born April 28, 1954), Maria Owings Shriver (born November 6, 1955), Timothy Perry  Shriver (born August 29, 1959), Mark Kennedy Shriver (born February 17, 1964), and Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver (born July 20, 1965).

Shriver was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Illinois, New York, and at the U.S. Supreme Court.

A devout Catholic, Shriver attended daily Mass and always carried a rosary of well-worn wooden beads.


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Fathers Name: Robert Sargent Shriver, Sr.
Mothers Name: Hilda Shriver
Spouse's Name: Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Children's Names: Robert Sargent Shriver III, Maria Owings Shriver, Timothy Perry Shriver, Mark Kennedy Shriver, Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
Occupation: Government
Marital Status: Widowed
Religion: Catholic

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Other Interests:
Law, Philanthropy, International Relations, Politics, Peace Corp (founder)

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Place of Passing: Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland
Date of Passing: 18 January 2011
Cause of Passing: Old age
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