Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps, leader of the War on Poverty, and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy died yesterday at the age of 95. Yesterday, Atlantic deputy editor and Shriver's biographer Scott Stossel reflected on the verve and generous spirit that defined his life:
Often the things that he accomplished (starting the Peace Corps in just a few months, or getting 500,000 kids into Head Start programs its first summer when the "experts" said that 10,000 kids was the maximum feasible) were things that everyone beforehand had said were not realistic, or downright impossible. Shriver had a gift for what one of his old War on Poverty colleagues called "expanding the Horizons of the Possible."
These photos of Shriver with his family show how he translated that compassion and joy to his private life:
View more photos at LIFE.com.