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William F. Connell School of Nursing

In memoriam

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Boston College and the Connell School of Nursing mourn the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who received an honorary degree from the University in 1990 for her service as "a pioneer and singular moving force" who gave her "heart and intellect to improving the lives of an entire population of exceptional people" through the Special Olympics. Shriver was an early supporter of the Connell School's nursing doctoral program and its focus on ethics.

As executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Shriver funded a grant in 1988 to establish the Rose F. Kennedy Nursing Fellowship in Ethics in the newly-formed PhD program at the School of Nursing. The grant funded study in the areas of prenatal care, neonatology, postnatal care, mental retardation and aging, and AIDS in children and families.

On October 17, 1988, Eunice Kennedy Shriver visited the School of Nursing to present the fellowship to PhD candidate Patricia Cady, and also met with undergraduate and master's students. In her opening remarks, then-Dean Mary Sue Infante expressed gratitude that Shriver "affirms the value for advanced education of nurses in ethics for us and for society."

"She has devoted much of her time and energies to the service of others," added Infante, "to adding dignity and quality to the lives of those less fortunate."

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is introduced by William B. Neenan, SJ during Shriver's visit to Boston College