Statement from United Nations Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth on the Passing of Sargent Shriver

Washington, D.C.

January 19, 2011


Megan Rabbitt

“I am saddened by the loss of Peace Corps Founder and Former Vice Presidential Candidate Sargent Shriver. Throughout his life, Shriver inspired men and women everywhere to share their time and talents with people around the world.  His vision led to the birth of America’s first global citizens, creating a new and powerful export of American compassion and international service. His example of service helped to foster peace at the most important level — between people in their home and communities. Shriver’s leadership will continue to motivate future generations to work together to create a better world.”


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