Dorrit and I learned from the newspapers in Abu Dhabi that your father had sadly passed away.
We send you, the entire family and all our friends at Special Olympics our deepest condolences and hope that the memory of a great man and inspiring leader will lighten your sorrow.
Sargent was one of the great personalities of the 20th century. He pioneered both the Peace Corps and Special Olympics, both of which have come to symbolize what is best about America, how the United States can bring all nations together in the pursuit of a noble cause.
For me personally, it was a great privilege to come to know him and have the honour to join him and follow his inspiring leadership. I still vividly remember our first meeting in North Carolina almost twelve years ago when his enthusiasm, sparkling eyes and great humor bore witness to why he had become a legend. He embodied the noblest of leadership and a life inspired by service to humanity.
We are deeply sorry that it is impossible for us to be with you on Saturday morning, but you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson