Influential Adviser to President Kennedy
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Mr. Feldman was flying to Japan with several cabinet members
and advisers on a trade mission when they got word that
Kennedy had been assassinated. Air Force One returned to
Washington immediately. "He was just crushed," said his son
Jim, who recalled the grief-stricken scene of advisers huddled
beside Kennedy's casket in The White House. "It was maybe the
only time I saw him cry."
One of the few Kennedy holdovers, Mr. Feldman stayed on
for 18 months as special counsel in the Johnson administration.
But he remained loyal to the Kennedy family, serving as an adviser
to Robert Kennedy's short-lived presidential campaign and
assisting Eunice Kennedy Shriver during the formative years of
the Special Olympics.