The LBJ Library remembers Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Aug 11, 2009

The Johnson family has a long and rich relationship with the Shriver family. Eunice Kennedy Shriver worked tirelessly with her husband, Sargent, during the Johnson Administration. Sargent Shriver was Director of the Peace Corps, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and Ambassador to France.

"The Johnson family holds the Shrivers in great affection and appreciation for all their wonderful service to our country. Eunice Kennedy Shriver spent her life making other people's lives better and I can't think of a better legacy. She was strong and if she saw a rock blocking her way, she went over it. Through Special Olympics, the abilities of all Americans are championed." - Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.

There are photographs of Eunice Kennedy Shriver with President Johnson and Mrs. Johnson. These photos may be downloaded and are in the public domain.

There is a recording of a telephone conversation between President Johnson and Eunice Kennedy Shriver that occurred on December 18, 1966. Mrs. Johnson speaks in the conversation as well. In the conversation, they discuss Sargent Shriver's loyalty to LBJ, Shriver's possible resignation, William Manchester book, and federal budget problems.

The conversation may be found on the Miller Center website. It may be downloaded and is public domain.