It is hard in a few words to describe the impact Sargent Shriver has had on generations of Americans and on our world. As someone who has spent a career in public service, there are few people who have inspired me as much as Sargent Shriver by his example and core belief in the equality and dignity in all human beings. Whether helping to empower people in poor nations through the Peace Corps, giving all children a chance to realize their potential through Headstart, giving poor communities in America an opportunity to uplift themselves through the Vista program or other "war on poverty" activities, he has shown all of us the power of public service and the ability to contribute to making ours a better, more peaceful and more just world. I am grateful that the legacy of Sargent and Eunice Shriver continues through their children, who each in their own way have continued the family commitment to public service.
Helene D. Gayle MD, MPH
President and CEO, CARE USA