Rosemary Kennedy

Sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
Born Sep 13, 1918

Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy was the third child and first daughter of Rose Elizabeth Kennedy née Fitzgerald and Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr. , born little more than a year after her brother, future U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Considered as either retarded or psychologically unstable, she underwent a prefrontal lobotomy at age 23, which left her permanently incapacitated.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born on September 13, 1918.


1941 22 Years Old During November 1941, when Rosemary Kennedy was 23, doctors told Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. that a new neurosurgical procedure, lobotomy, would help calm her mood swings and stop her occasional violent outbursts. (About 80 lobotomies, 80% on women, had been performed in the United States by the time.) He decided that his daughter should have the lobotomy performed; however, he did not inform his wife Rose of this until after the procedure was completed. … Read More


1949 30 Years Old After the procedure, Rosemary was immediately institutionalized. She initially lived for several years at Craig House, a private psychiatric hospital an hour north of New York City. During 1949, she was relocated to Jefferson, Wisconsin, where she lived for the rest of her life on the grounds of the St. Coletta School for Exceptional Children (formerly known as "St. Coletta Institute for Backward Youth"). … Read More
1958 39 Years Old While her older brother John was campaigning for re-election for the Senate during 1958, the Kennedy family explained away her absence by claiming she was reclusive. … Read More


1961 42 Years Old The Kennedy family did not publicly explain her absence until after John was elected as President of the United States during 1961. … Read More


1969 50 Years Old After the death of her father during 1969, Rosemary was occasionally taken to visit relatives in Florida and Washington, D.C., and to her childhood home on Cape Cod. … Read More


1983 64 Years Old During 1983, the Kennedy family gave $1 million to renovate Alverno House. … Read More
2005 86 Years Old Rosemary Kennedy died from natural causes on January 7, 2005, at the Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, at the age of 86, with her sisters Jean, Eunice, and Patricia, and brother Ted, by her side. … Read More
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