Sargent Shriver in D.C.-area hospital

Associated Press / January 17, 2011

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BETHESDA, Md. — Former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver has been hospitalized outside Washington, a medical center spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

Ronna Borenstein of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda said she could not comment on the 95-year-old Shriver’s condition or say when he was admitted.

Shriver announced in 2003 that he had Alzheimer’s disease. He served as the first Peace Corps director in the administration of his brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy. He also was Democrat George McGovern’s running mate in 1972.

Shriver’s wife and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in 2009 at age 88. He is the father-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, who is married to former NBC reporter Maria Shriver.

As the first director of the Peace Corps from 1961 to 1966, Shriver organized volunteer activities in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He directed the Office of Economic Opportunity from 1964 to 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

He served as ambassador to France for the next two years, before joining a private law practice as a specialist in international law. He also was a president of Special Olympics Inc., working alongside his wife.

Shriver is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School and is a Navy veteran.