Sargent Shriver remembered at wake in DC

Associated Press
FILE - In this June 19, 1996 file photo, President Clinton embraces R. Sargent Shriver in the Rose Garden of the White House Wednesday June 19, 1996 during a ceremony to honor the 35th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Shriver was named the first director of the Peace Corps by President John F. Kennedy. Shriver, the exuberant public servant and Kennedy in-law whose singular career included directing the Peace Corps, fighting the "War on Poverty" and, less successfully, running for office, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.  He was 95.   (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson, File)

View gallery

Former colleagues and admirers of R. Sargent Shriver are gathering to offer condolences to the family of the first Peace Corps director and 1972 Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

Scores of people streamed into Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Friday evening for a wake for Shriver, who was the brother-in-law of President John Kennedy.

House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd and journalist Bill Moyers were expected to eulogize Shriver.

Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the funeral Mass Saturday.

Shriver will be buried late Saturday in the same cemetery as his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He died this week at age 95 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

View Comments (0)