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A new generation of leaders

With the passing of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, only one of the nine children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy remains. Jean Ann Kennedy, the eighth child and youngest daughter of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, was born Feb. 20, 1928. Since 1964, she has been a member of the board of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, which awards grants to promote awareness and advocacy in the field of mental retardation. She was U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998. Among the next generation a few names regularly show up in the news:

Patrick J. Kennedy, 42, youngest child of Ted and Joan Kennedy, born July 14, 1967; U.S. representative from Rhode Island. His siblings are Edward Kennedy Jr., president of an investment firm; and Kara Kennedy, a homemaker.

Caroline Kennedy, 51, first-born child of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, born Nov. 27, 1957; author, lawyer and fundraiser; campaigned for Barack Obama and spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Her brother, John Jr., died in a plane crash in 1999.

Maria Shriver, 53, second-born of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver; born Nov. 6, 1955; former television newscaster; first lady of California since 2003; married to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The other Shriver children include Robert, a businessman; Timothy, chairman of Special Olympics; Mark, who works for Save the Children; and Anthony, who founded Best Buddies.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, 58, first-born of Robert and Ethel Kennedy; born July 4, 1951; former lieutenant governor of Maryland; now serves on the boards of many organizations. Among her 10 siblings, Robert Jr. is an environmental activist; Joseph heads Citizens Energy; and Rory is a documentary filmmaker.

A new generation of leaders 08/26/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:50pm]
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