Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies, Age 88
Eunice Kennedy Shriver has died at the age of 88. BBC:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, has died aged 88.
She died at Cape Cod hospital in Massachusetts on Tuesday morning, her family said in a statement.
Mrs Shriver organised the first Special Olympic Games in 1968, partly inspired by her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary Kennedy.
She is credited with helping to transform views of the mentally disabled through her campaigns.
Mrs Shriver was the fifth of nine children of Joseph P Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.
After earning a degree in sociology from Stanford University in 1943, she became a social worker at a women's prison before taking a job at the Chicago juvenile court.
In 1957 she took over the Joseph P Kennedy Jr Foundation for the mentally disabled.
The Special Olympics grew from a summer camp at Mrs Shriver's home in Maryland in 1962.
They were designed to give opportunities to people with mental disabilities to be considered athletes in their own right.
Peter Collier, who wrote The Kennedys, an American Drama, described Eunice Shriver as the "moral force" of the Kennedy family.
I have enormous respect, sympathy and empathy for any Kennedy female or any female who marries into the Kennedy family. Except for Caroline
It's the Kennedy males that have caused so much pain and suffering throughout the nation and the world. A bunch of males who are serial adulterers, drunks, druggies, bootleggers, misogynists, unindicted manslaughterers, who have affairs with 14-year old babysitters and who partake of incestuous relationships with their own mentally disabled daughters (that would be Joe Senior and his daughter Rosemary, many of whom write that he forced her to undergo a lobotomy).
May Mrs. Shriver be rewarded in the afterlife for her good deeds and charity. She was, indeed, the moral force of the Kennedy family.
Rest in peace.
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