Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
|Lynda Bird Johnson Robb|
Lady Bird Johnson (seated) with her daughter Lynda Johnson Robb (left) and First Lady Laura Bush in 2005
|Born||Lynda Bird Johnson
19 March 1944
|Spouse(s)||Charles S. Robb|
|Children||Lucinda Desha Robb
Catherine Lewis Robb
Jennifer Wickliffe Robb
|Parents||Lyndon Baines Johnson
Lady Bird Johnson
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb (born March 19, 1944) is the elder of the two daughters of United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. She served as First Lady of Virginia (1982-86) and, before that, as Second Lady of Virginia (1978-82). She is the second-oldest living child of a President, next to John Eisenhower.
Lynda Bird was engaged to Bernard Rosenbach before she met the actor George Hamilton, who himself had been engaged to Susan Kohner. In 1966, Johnson and Hamilton began dating. Because of an increase in Secret Service protection of Presidential relatives resulting from the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Hamilton-Johnson couple were one of the first to be protected by Secret Service agents.
She married U.S. Marine Corps Captain Charles S. Robb in the East Room of the White House in 1967. Her husband served with distinction in Vietnam. Charles Robb later became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1978-82), making her Second Lady of Virginia. Later, Robb became Governor of Virginia, making her First Lady of Virginia. He also served two terms as U.S. Senator from Virginia.
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb served as Chairman of the Board of Reading is Fundamental (1996-2001), the nation's largest children's literacy organization. She continues to serve the organization as Chairman Emerita. She was a contributing editor to Ladies Home Journal magazine (1969-81). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Johnson was educated at the National Cathedral School for Girls, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Washington and Lee University and Norwich University and has been honored with a plethora of civic awards for her public service.
She is the mother of three, in her words, "almost perfect" daughters, Lucinda Desha Robb (1968), Catherine Lewis Robb (1970) and Jennifer Wickliffe Robb (1978).
In 2004, Lynda Bird attended the State funeral of former President Ronald Reagan, on behalf of her mother, Lady Bird Johnson, who was unable to attend because of poor health. She again represented her mother at the State funeral of former President Gerald Ford, who died December 26, 2006.
- Bunin, Patricia (1996-04-11). "An Azalea Queen of Long Ago, Lynda Robb, Enjoys Memories". The Virginian-Pilot. p. 5. Retrieved 2006-04-09.