Death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

July 10, 1921 - August 11, 2009
Hyannis, Massachusetts | Age 88

Founder of the Special Olympics, sister of JFK dies at 88
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Special Olympians recall Shriver as their champion

By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw firsthand the way the mentally disabled were treated in the mid-20th century: Her own sister Rosemary was given a lobotomy at age 23 and put away in an institution for the rest of her life.

But Shriver helped bring about a fundamental change in thinking when she founded the Special Olympics and demonstrated--in stirring and triumphant...

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