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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 of 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 and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on July 10, 1921.


1943 21 Years Old She was educated at the Manhattanville College on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (the school later moved 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.


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, New York.
1960 39 Years Old Shriver actively campaigned for her elder brother, John, during his successful 1960 U.S. presidential election.


1968 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, she helped Anne McGlone Burke nationalize the Special Olympics movement and is the only woman to have her portrait appear, during her lifetime, on a U.S. coin – the 1995 commemorative Special Olympics silver dollar. 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.


1972 51 Years Old …  Her husband, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., was United States Ambassador to France and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election. … Read More


1984 63 Years Old She was awarded the nation's highest civilian award, the (U.S.) Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1984 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, because of her work on behalf of those with mental retardation. … Read More
1992 71 Years Old 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. … Read More
1995 74 Years Old Her portrait is on the obverse of the 1995 commemorative silver dollar honoring the Special Olympics. … Read More
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.
2009 88 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 9, 2009, she was admitted to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, with an undisclosed ailment. … Read More
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