Sargent Shriver, R.I.P.
From the New York Times obituary:
R. Sargent Shriver, the Kennedy in-law who became the founding director of the Peace Corps, the architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s war on poverty, the United States ambassador to France and the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1972, died on Tuesday. He was 95.
Briefly, here’s an excerpt about Shriver from Rodger Van Allen’s The Commonweal and American Catholicism:
R. Sargent Shriver was the son of parents who were among Michael Williams’s group of Calvert Associates [who founded Commonweal]. Shriver’s father was a convert to Catholicism who became an avid reader in the faith, and hosted prominent European Catholics like Hilaire Belloc and Pail Claudel. On his mother’s side, he was a descendant of a three-hundred-year-old Maryland Catholic family that had come over with the first Lord Baltimore to settle Maryland. His godfather was James Cardinal Gibbons, a close friend of his maternal grandfather.
Click here to read David O’Brien’s review of Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.
Requiescet in pace.