By People Staff
August 01, 1999 12:00 PM

As much as he was true to the Kennedys, seeking solace from uncles Bobby and Teddy after his father’s death, attending family functions and even showing up for jury selection in 1991 when cousin William Kennedy Smith was tried for rape, John kept some distance. He once skewered cousins Joe and Michael in George for marital missteps, and he campaigned only sporadically for family members. “Jackie didn’t bring up Caroline or John to be part of the clan,” says Nigel Hamilton, author of JFK: Reckless Youth. “They had their independent selves.” Still, after Jackie’s death John seemed to grow closer to his father’s family—and it is a tribute to his sense of loyalty to the Kennedy name that he died rushing to cousin Rory’s wedding.