Tuesday, Dec. 07, 1999

Joseph Kennedy

Week of Nov. 28, 1969
Joseph Kennedy, the patriarch of one of America's greatest and most storied political dynasties, dies at 81. "He had the serenity of a man totally devoted to his family and the detachment of a lucidly ruthless financier," writes TIME. "He moved with an Irish swagger... but bequeathed to his sons some of his East Boston toughness."