In Memoriam – Sargent Shriver

The lawyers and staff of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP mourn the passing of Sargent Shriver, who was a name partner of the Firm. Sarge was an international lawyer, administrator, ambassador and advocate for the powerless. His long, full life serves as an example to many and he will be missed by all who had the honor of working with him.

Sarge joined our Washington DC office in 1971, where he served as partner, specializing in international law and foreign affairs, until his retirement in 1986. He is perhaps best known to the public as the organizer and first director of The Peace Corps under President John F. Kennedy, where he developed volunteer activities through the program in more than 50 countries. Under President Lyndon Johnson, Sarge continued his career in public service. He served as the first director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, where he created VISTA, Head Start, Community Action, Foster Grandparents, Job Corps, Legal Services for the Poor, Indian and Migrant Opportunities, and Neighborhood Health Services. From 1968 to 1970, he served as ambassador to France.

After retiring from Fried Frank, he was elected president of Special Olympics International, where he developed sports training and competition programs for children and adults with disabilities around the world. He was appointed chairman of the organization in 1990. In 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded Sarge with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

He was married for over 50 years to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away in 2009. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his children, Robert, Maria, Timothy, Mark and Anthony, and their families.