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Statement on the Death of R. Sargent Shriver, Jr.

January 18, 2011

I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Sargent Shriver, one of the brightest lights of the greatest generation. Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Sarge came to embody the idea of public service. Of his many enduring contributions, he will perhaps best be remembered as the founding Director of the Peace Corps, helping make it possible for generations of Americans to serve as ambassadors of good will abroad. His loss will be felt in all of the communities around the world that have been touched by Peace Corps volunteers over the past half century and all of the lives that have been made better by his efforts to address inequality and injustice here at home. My thoughts and prayers are with Robert, Maria, Tim, Mark, and Anthony, and the entire Shriver family during this sad time.

Note: The statement referred to the children of R. Sargent Shriver, Jr.

Barack Obama, Statement on the Death of R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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