Honoring Jean Kennedy Smith
Jean Kennedy Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and last surviving JFK sibling, passed away on June 28 at the age of 92. In 1993 she was named ambassador to Dublin by President Bill Clinton and played a major role in the Northern Ireland peace process. Also, she founded Very Special Arts which provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities, especially children and youth. In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama awarded Jean Kennedy Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor for her work with people with disabilities.
Jean Ann Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts the eighth of nine children and the youngest daughter of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. She married Stephen E. Smith, a New York financier in 1956 who passed away in 1990. They had four children, Kym, Amanda, Stephen Jr., and William.