Jean Kennedy Smith, the younger sister of U.S. President John Kennedy, died at the age of 92. It was reported by her daughter Kim.
Kennedy Smith died Wednesday, June 17, at her home in New York, writes the New York Times.
Like other members of her generation, the Kennedy family (her sisters and her brothers’ wives), Gene has been involved in the family’s election campaigns. However, she became the first woman public diplomat in the family: in 1993 US President Bill Clinton appointed her as his representative in Ireland. She played a major role in the country and five years later was granted an honorary Irish citizenship in recognition of her diplomatic services and, in 2011, a seat in the Irish American Hall of Fame.
Born on February 20, 1928, Gene Kennedy was the eighth, penultimate child in the family. Prior to her appointment she was engaged in charity, created the Very Special Artists foundation, which helped children with disabilities to engage in art. For her work in this organization she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest state award of the USA). She was the wife of financier Stephen Smith, who also provided political advice to John Kennedy during the campaign.