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Sunday, 9 January 2005

Rosemary Kennedy Dies

Rosemary Kennedy, the oldest sister of President John F. Kennedy, the inspiration for the Special Olympics died this Friday at the age of 86.

She was the third child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, was born mentally retarded; and underwent a lobotomy, a common practice in those days, when she was 23.

She lived most of her life in a Jefferson, Wis., institution, the St. Coletta School for Exceptional Children.

She died at Fort Atkinson Memorial Health Hospital in Wisconsin with her brother, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and her sisters by her side.

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