R. Sargent Shriver, who was tapped to create the Peace Corps by his brother-in-law John F. Kennedy and crafted 1960s-era programs that remain cornerstones in the federal government’s efforts to combat poverty, died Jan. 18 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, a family spokesman said. He was 95 and had Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Shriver helped establish the corps as the fastest-growing peacetime agency in U.S. history, sending more than 14,500 volunteers to 55 countries by 1966. He embraced his role as the leader of a band of idealistic volunteers, enduring endless jeep rides and at least three cases of dysentery as he traveled more than 350,000 miles to visit outposts in dozens of countries.
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