Eunice Kennedy Shriver has died at age 88. She is the younger sister of Rosemary Kennedy whose mental condition was mostly hidden by the publicity-conscious Kennedy Clan. Rosemary Kennedy was developmentally disabled. Ultimately Rosemary had a lobotomy and spent the majority of her life in an institution.
Bryan Marquard has posted an article on Boston.com titled “Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88; member of Kennedy clan, founder of Special Olympics.”
It was Eunice Kennedy Shriver who established herself as the most intellectual and aggressive Kennedy female.
She was held down by her father who had decided the Kennedy boys Jack, Robert and Ted would be in politics. Joe Jr. had died during WWII.
However starting with her public assessment and position about Rosemary Kennedy Eunice Kennedy Shriver she started a public career that would include founding a major life-changing event for some people. It was the Special Olympics.
Shriver died of complications from a series of strokes she had suffered. Her family was by her side.
She is sister to the “Kennedy Boys” John, Robert and Ted; she is husband to Sargent Shriver who was the U.S. Ambassador to France, first director of the Peace Corps and a vice presidential candidate.
Further, her daughter is Maria Shriver who is married to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded The Special Olympics. When they first started there were more participants present than spectators by about ten to one. Today there are millions of both.
Shriver’s impact not only affected Rosemary’s life along with many others like her but her aura even entered politics and found its way across party lines. This of course helps some work to get done that otherwise wouldn’t.
I’m very familiar with Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
I do a lot of writing about physical and mental conditions.
One of my “source centers” is Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (NICHD)
There is a lot of important information that I have tried to help “get the word out about.”
As Ms. Shriver’s mother Rose Kennedy said of her, “She was born mature.”
It seems that Eunice Kennedy Shriver was also born caring, passionate and selfless.