A Letter from Former US President Jimmy CarterFormer President of the United States

Rosalynn and I join countless Americans in mourning the passing of a remarkable woman. Eunice Kennedy Shriver's tireless work on behalf of those with intellectual disabilities will be an inspiration for generations to come. The success and growth of the Special Olympics is a fitting legacy. We will keep her family in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jimmy Carter

Former US President

About Former US President Jimmy Carter

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate followed by the governorship of the state of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.

After leaving office, in 1982 Carter and his wife Rosalynn founded The Carter Center, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that works to advance human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. Carter is a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity project, and also remains particularly vocal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.