Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Founder of the Special Olympics Precursor and A Sister of John F. Kennedy
Born Jul 10, 1921

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, DSG a member of the Kennedy family, sister to President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Kennedy, was the founder in 1962 of Camp Shriver, and in 1968, the Special Olympics. Her husband, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. , was United States Ambassador to France, the founder of the Peace Corps, and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.


1921 Birth Born on July 10, 1921.


1943 21 Years Old She was educated at the Convent of The Sacred Heart, Roehampton, London and at Manhattanville College in Upper Manhattan (the school later moved further North to Purchase, New York). After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology in 1943, she worked for the Special War Problems Division of the U.S. State Department. … Read More
1951 29 Years Old She served as a social worker at the Federal Industrial Institution for Women for one year before moving to Chicago in 1951 to work with the House of the Good Shepherd women's shelter and the Chicago Juvenile Court. … Read More


1953 32 Years Old On May 23, 1953, she married Sargent Shriver in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
1960 39 Years Old Shriver actively campaigned for her elder brother, John, during his successful 1960 U.S. presidential election. … Read More


1961 40 Years Old …  In 1961, she championed the creation of the President's Panel on Mental Retardation which was significant in the movement from institutionalization to community integration in the US and throughout the world, a major public policy challenge.
1968 47 Years Old Her husband served as the U.S. Ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970 and was the 1972 Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential candidate (with George McGovern as the candidate for U.S. President). … Read More


1972 51 Years Old …  She was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy; her husband, Sargent Shriver, was United States Ambassador to France and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election. … Read More


1982 - 1984 2 More Events
1990 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Although Shriver was a Democrat, she was a vocal supporter of the pro-life movement. In 1990, Shriver wrote a letter to The New York Times denouncing the misuse of a quotation by President Kennedy used out of context by a pro-choice group.
1992 71 Years Old 1 More Event
During Bill Clinton's 1992 Democratic U.S. presidential campaign, she was one of several prominent Democrats – including Governor Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania, and Bishop Austin Vaughan of New York – who signed a letter to The New York Times protesting the Democratic Party's pro-choice plank in its platform.
1995 74 Years Old Her portrait is on the obverse of the 1995 commemorative silver dollar honoring the Special Olympics. … Read More
2002 81 Years Old Shriver received the 2002 Theodore Roosevelt Award (the Teddy), an annual award given by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to a graduate from an NCAA member institution who earned a varsity letter in college for participation in intercollegiate athletics, and who ultimately became a distinguished citizen of national reputation based on outstanding life accomplishment.
In addition to the Teddy recognition, she was selected in 2006 as part of the NCAA Centennial celebration as one of the 100 most-influential individuals in its first century; she was listed ninth.
2008 87 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, the U.S. Congress changed the NICHD’s name to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
On August 9, 2009, she was admitted to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, with an undisclosed ailment. … Read More
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