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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Yale Daily News: Icon of a Generation Honored
    step back he told Mark That man did it all Though it was impossible to address Shriver s legacy during the three hour service without making mention of his record as a public servant speakers emphasized his faith as a devout Catholic and his dedication With a congregation wide chorus of the hymn Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee Shriver s family members brought his casket into the sanctuary and his youngest son Anthony approached the pulpit to deliver the funeral s opening speech Anthony s speech carried notes of his father s levity and good humor only moments after he began speaking the crowd laughed as he set time limits for his family members speeches Anthony stressed Sargent s consideration for others and ability to bring joy to those around him The genius of my dad was that he made everyone feel like they mattered Anthony said Short performances of religious songs by famous musicians including Bono Wyclef Jean Vanessa Williams and Stevie Wonder were interspersed throughout the eulogies and prayer Each of Shriver s five children including Bobby Shriver LAW 81 and Timothy Shriver 81 spoke about their father s life and influence upon him or her All 19 of Shriver s grandchildren offered a short memory of Sargent recalling his warmth and signature handshakes and hugs The thing I regret most is that I will never have another hug from you one said Above all friends and family remembered Shriver s immense love for his wife Eunice who died in 2009 at the age of 88 Their daughter Maria was accompanied by husband and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger During her speech Maria said Sargent lived his life for Eunice adding that it was clear from his affectionate gaze that she was the love of his life Shriver s son Mark talked about his father s struggle with Alzheimer s disease a diagnosis he revealed in 2003 His voice was steady throughout his speech until he discussed his father s final years Though he lost some memories and was unable to fathom the future Mark said Sargent did know he had you in the present and he was going to love you the best he could Mark s voice shook as he explained how Sargent s faith comforted him recalling an instance when his father gazed at the sunrise and expressed excitement about meeting the one who created it when he died Shriver s faith was an integral part of his life Mark said and he put his faith into action in his private and public lives He saw his work as a way to bring people together and help one another and spread God s love said Mark Shriver s passion for helping those in need reverberated through the words of all who spoke to commemorate his life But not all regarded his ceaseless energy and optimism with respect his son Timothy said Some dismissed him as too idealistic didn t take him seriously because he was

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Yale Daily News: 'An activist, not a politician'
    upon his vision for international peace Through the program Americans were encouraged to abandon isolationism the rejection of which as Shriver wrote is the best way to keep our heads and extend aid to the international community While promoting this ideology Shriver encouraged constant vigilance on the part of the Yale community in several editorials about the peace propaganda in circulation at the time Pacifism which expects to prevent war by way of horror propaganda and educating the public is in this respect a superficial creed he wrote in a Feb 2 1938 editorial It does not recognize the complexity of the factors in the peace time world and ultimately in the nature of man which produces war In response to pacifism Shriver offered a more proactive model based upon civil intervention and outreach Dismayed that Yale did not guarantee its graduates a basic knowledge of American history Shriver protested this perceived oversight in a Jan 20 1938 editorial It seems almost inconceivable that Yale should turn out as educated men students whose sole knowledge of United States history was gained in the eighth grade at grammar school he wrote They do not have even a rudimentary acquaintance with the social economic and constitutional problems of this country s last 150 years As he would later demonstrate through the creation of numerous social justice organizations including Head Start Job Corps and Volunteers in Service to America VISTA Shriver believed it crucial to help his fellow Americans and create a society comprised of informed active citizens He was aghast that an institution such as Yale did not foster the seeds of public service through education about the United States Shriver remained passionate about the importance of education to foster equality and peace The core goal of the Head Start program founded

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - The Baltimore Sun: Shriver family gave voice to 'silent epidemic'
    in nursing homes away from society at large The Shriver family s deep involvement with Alzheimer s advocacy elevated the visibility of the disease Shriver s daughter the TV journalist and former first lady of California Maria Shriver wrote a book What s Happening to Grandpa explaining the disease to children and donated its proceeds to the Alzheimer s Association She was also an executive producer of HBO s 2009 documentary series The Alzheimer s Project It includes a segment for children whose families are dealing with the illness It was called Grandpa Do You Know Who I Am She also published The Shriver Report A Woman s Nation Takes on Alzheimer s The 2010 study details the 300 billion a year impact the illness is having on the nation and especially on women who constitute 65 percent of its victims and 60 percent of caregivers In a May 2009 interview with Larry King on CNN Maria Shriver said her father no longer recognized her I introduce myself to him every time I go visit him she said I say Hi Daddy I m Maria and I m your daughter And he says You are Oh my goodness That s so great Glad to meet you It teaches you to live in the moment to accept the person who s sitting right in front of you and to stop wishing that some things were different she said The Shrivers vocal campaign came on the heels of a very public discussion of Alzheimer s that followed the diagnosis of President Ronald Reagan said Dr Paul Fishman director of the Alzheimer s Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center It was Reagan s diagnosis that set the precedent for public figures coming out and saying they were affected by the disease

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - The Baltimore Sun: UMBC center carries Shriver name, spirit
    Shriver Center at UMBC Shriver was no absentee inspiration Martello recalled He and his wife called with ideas about how to improve programs and detailed questions about how many children had been helped Well into his 80s Shriver would drive from his home in Potomac to the UMBC campus where he loved to tell students of their power to change the world He might invite Martello to an Orioles game afterward where he d keep score and share his voluminous knowledge of baseball history UMBC President Freeman A Hrabowski III remembered how the Shrivers invited him to dinner parties at their home to talk about the university and the needs of Baltimore children To Hrabowski they embodied the ideal of to those whom much is given much is required It was amazing to me how intensely passionate he was about our country s poor children and how we could do more for them Hrabowski said of Sargent Shriver He brought the passion of the 60s to our discussions The Shrivers son Mark founded one of the center s key initiatives the Choice Program in 1987 The program places recent college graduates in settings troubled by poverty and violence and asks them to intervene with at risk youth The volunteers meet seven days a week with the young people they re helping and are available 24 hours a day to address crises Mark Shriver and Martello saw the effort as a way of extending Sargent Shriver s vision for the Peace Corps to domestic settings The Choice Program which began in Cherry Hill and spread to other cities such as Hartford Conn and San Diego moved its headquarters to UMBC s campus in 1989 Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver built connections to the university while raising money and attention for their

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - The Washington Post: Md. Democrats to remember Sargent Shriver
    gather in Charlotte N C next week for their party s national convention Maryland Democrats plan to pay tribute to the late Sargent Shriver the founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Lyndon B Johnson s War on Poverty Scheduled speakers at what has been billed as a marquee luncheon include Gov Martin O Malley D House Minority Whip Steny H Hoyer D Md and Mark Shriver a former Maryland state legislator and author of A Good Man Rediscovering My Father Sargent Shriver Party officials say several elected officials at the luncheon will attest to the inspiration they continue to draw from Shriver a native of Westminister Md who married into the Kennedy family and replaced Thomas Eagleton as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1972 Shriver died last year after a long battle with Alzheimer s disease Others scheduled to speak at Tuesday s luncheon include Comptroller Peter Franchot D Rep Elijah Cummings D Md Rep Chris Van Hollen D Md 6th District congressional nominee John Delaney and Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Yvette Lewis Click here to read the article at washingtonpost com Previous Article The Baltimore Sun UMBC center carries Shriver name spirit Next Article Funeral

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Address at Texas Tech Convocation
    our time rise out of such failures The result of inaction is chaos or Communism and War Your student body president asked me to talk about the relationship of the Peace Corps and its philosophy to American foreign polity I am trying to go a step further and shows how the Peace Corps and the war against poverty are linked together and how they both fit into the world picture how they fit into America s world policy and purpose The philosophy of the Peace Corps is action It is an example of learning by doing We knew that the developing nations needed our help needed our skilled manpower needed our teachers and builders our mechanics and engineers our nurses and doctors We knew that they needed more than our advisors For years they had top flight advice from our Point Four experts or from the United Nations But there remained a gap between the plans laid at the top and their execution in the field It was a manpower gap They needed doers as well as advisors They needed Americans who would work with them who would live with them who would teach in their schools in their hospitals in their villages who would teach while on the job They needed young college graduates able to teach English or math science or industrial arts or older Americans young in spirit When President Kennedy proposed the Peace Corps the skeptics said it was impossible American youth would not respond as volunteers and if they did they would not be responsible when sent overseas Fortunately impossible was not in the President s vocabulary either John Kennedy knew as he said in his Inaugural Address that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans born in this century tempered by war disciplined by a hard and bitter peace proud of our ancient heritage He knew that this new generation was ready to pay any price bear any burden meet any hardship He knew that you would respond and be responsible You have proved him right Today some 7 000 Volunteers are serving in 46 countries From Texas Tech there are l4 Volunteers now serving They are Suellen Bass Volivia Elizabeth Becker Philippines Jennie Bishop Colombia Robert Brick Ceylon Larry Caskey India James Donahue Chile James Hooper Bolivia Colleen Gillmouthe Sabah Sarawak Esther Marks Pakistan Sammie McComb Peru Leonard Sauter Niger Rodger Scott Dominican Republic and Russell Studebaker El Salvador What if I reported to you what if our newspapers were reporting that a Soviet or a Chinese Peace Corps soon to be 10 000 strong had been welcomed into asked into 46 countries that 10 000 dedicated young Communists were working in the schools hospitals and villages of Asia Africa and Latin America at the invitation of host governments What if the next generation of many countries was being taught by friendly hard working simple living members of a Soviet Peace Corps You can imagine what a Congressional investigation

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address to the Foreign Policy Association
    help others That is an important element of the Peace Corps society reliance on the creative energies of dedicated individuals Nor do our Volunteers go overseas as the salesmen of a particular political theory or economic system or religious creed They go to work with people not to employ them use them or advise them They do what the country they go to wants them to do not what they think or we think is best They live among the people sharing their homes eating their food talking their language living under their laws not in special compounds with special privileges But if the Volunteer is not a salesman neither is he a man without a mission He goes overseas not merely as a willing and a skilled worker but as a representative a living example of the most powerful idea of all The idea that free and committed men and women can cross boundaries of culture and language or alien tradition and great disparities of wealth of old hostilities and new nationalisms to meet with other men and women on the common ground of service to human welfare and human dignity And if this idea isn t going to change the world then this world is beyond redemption It will require many years and a much greater effort for this idea to succeed not only by the Peace Corps by other men and institutions in all countries But the impact we have had so far has given a faint glimmer a shadow no bigger than a man s hand of the possibilities of the future There are now 7 000 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in 46 countries They are located at 2 400 different posts compared to 302 for the State Department Next year we will have more than 11 000 in the field at almost 5 000 different places in 50 countries Every country which now has Volunteers has asked for more Two dozen countries which do not have Volunteers have requested them In Ghana more than a third of all degree holding instructors in the secondary schools are Peace Corps Volunteers In Ethiopia and Nyasaland more than a third of all the teachers are Volunteers In Jamaica Volunteers are helping to train the 20 percent of the workforce which is chronically unemployed In Sierra Leone more than half of all the qualified teachers are Volunteers more than the British supplied when Sierra Leone was a colony And they are there by invitation not by conquest In the Philippines more than 500 Volunteers are teaching in hundreds of villages The Manila Evening News wrote Peace Corps workers achieved in less than two years an understanding with Asian peoples that promises to pass all tests In Sarawak Peace Corps Volunteers cut their way through unbroken jungles to find new locations for bridges and roads And a local official said They re not your people anymore they re mine This work is already having a measurable impact on attitudes and

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver addresses Puerto Rican Leaders in New York City
    I do not want to give the impression that we want Puerto Rican Volunteers only for service in South and Central America This is not the case at all We need good minds and useful skills to send to underdeveloped nations throughout the world We need them for all types of projects everywhere Our requirements are not at all impossible to meet A Volunteer must be at least 18 years of age but there is no upper age limit and we have now overseas three persons in their seventies We have sent abroad a great many college trained people but our basic educational requirement is that the Volunteer have a high school education Some of our Volunteers have not gone beyond high school although many no doubt will continue their formal education when they return We investigate the background of every applicant to satisfy ourselves that his character is good We also test his knowledge but we do not have an established passing score With 200 different types of jobs to fill we couldn t establish a very realistic minimum Finally we require every Volunteer to have a useful skill It may be plumbing bricklaying drafting or as is the case with many Volunteers we have sent to rural South America and elsewhere it may be the ability to work with people We have sent overseas many persons with high technical training architects and heavy machinery mechanics to Tunisia nurses to Malaya geologists to Tanganyika farm specialists to Colombia youth workers to Brazil nutritionists and sanitation specialists to Peru librarians to Jamaica physical education instructors to Thailand home economists to Chile We have sent overseas many teachers 500 to the Philippines alone We will need more persons with those skills But our experience has been that persons who do not have highly specialized training who have say a liberal arts education make excellent Volunteers The quality they bring to the Peace Corps is the capacity to lead to work alongside someone else in a foreign land and finally the zeal to succeed in a given task Succeeding I should stress is not always easy Living and working abroad is at times frustrating and at times discouraging A Volunteer in the Philippines wrote home not long ago that she never thought the day would come when the sight of a flush toilet would bring tears of joy to her face We protect our Volunteers from disease as best we can But we have no shots to protect them from dysentery In Colombia it may require six hours for a Volunteer to travel three miles as the crow flies for he may have to go up and down steep mountains and cross rivers which have no bridges Nearly every Volunteer finds that his work like woman s is never really done In the Philippians we have a teacher who in addition to teaching was asked to organize a science fair and then a baseball team In Liberia our Volunteers who are teaching

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