In hat day and age, having a retarded or mentally ill family member was a stigma, an embarrassment that the Kennedy family did not ant.
I am definitel lad that I did n't grow up in an age where families hid children who ere n't perfect and where there were no services or assistance to help them grow into functioning adults.
And I was stunned that Joe Kennedy would choose to have his daughter lobotomized to keep her from embarrassing the family.
When he died, Rose and the family visited Rosemary and even brought her home for visits.
In later years, the Kennedy siblings did admit that they ad a retarded sister and that the care and quality of life for those with mental challenges should be a priority.
Rose Marie " Rosemary " Kennedy died in the Wisconsin institution in 2005 at the age of 85.
The Kennedy Clan kept Rosemary a secret to prevent any damage to the family 's social standing.
But later efforts by the Kennedy family paved the way for education programs, social services and much better care for mentally and physically challenged children and dults.
Kate Clifford Larson presents a well-rounded history of Rosemary, and the Kennedy Family 's attempts to persuade her.