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Luci Baines Johnson
Johnson in 2012
Lucy Baines Johnson

(1947-07-02) July 2, 1947 (age 77)
EducationGeorgetown University
St. Edward's University (BA)
Occupation(s)Businesswoman, philanthropist
Political partyDemocratic
Patrick John Nugent
(m. 1966; div. 1979)
Ian J. Turpin
(m. 1984)

Luci Baines Johnson (born July 2, 1947) is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the younger daughter of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.

Early years[edit]

Born in Washington, D.C., Johnson has an older sister Lynda Bird. Johnson's first name was originally spelled "Lucy"; she changed the spelling in her teens as a rebellion towards her parents. As her parents both had the initials LBJ, they named their two daughters to have these initials also.[1] Although her father was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), her mother was an Episcopalian, and she and her older sister, Lynda Bird, were raised as Episcopalians. Johnson converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of eighteen, when she requested and received conditional baptism.[2] Johnson had been baptized with water and in the name of the Trinity at five months old by an Episcopal priest in Austin, Texas. Her rebaptism caused protests from leading figures in the Episcopal Church, which made headlines, as the Roman Catholic teaching does not require converts who are already baptized to receive baptism a second time.[3]

She was sixteen when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Johnson heard of the assassination while attending a Spanish class at the National Cathedral School. She was unaware whether her father had been injured as well but realized he had been sworn in as the 36th President of the United States when Secret Service agents showed up on her school campus a few hours later.[1] She later attended Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies but dropped out in 1966 as the school prohibited married students (Johnson married her first husband in August 1966).[4] In 1966, she learned to cook from Zephyr Wright, the White House chef for the Johnson family.[5]


Since 1993, Johnson has been the chairman of the board and manager of LBJ Asset Management Partners, a family office, as well as chairman of the Board of BusinesSuites, a national operator of executive suites, which she co-founded with her husband in 1989. She received a BLS in Communication from St. Edward's University in 1997.[1]

She is on the board of directors of the LBJ Foundation and has served on multiple civic boards, raising funds for The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the American Heart Association, acting as trustee of Boston University, and as a member of the advisory board of the Center for Battered Women.[3]

In 2018, she attended the state funeral of George H. W. Bush alongside her husband Ian Turpin, her sister Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and brother-in-law Charles Robb.

Personal life[edit]

Marriages and children[edit]

Johnson at the All the Way movie premiere at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2016

On August 6, 1966, Johnson married Air National Guardsman Patrick John Nugent (b. 1943) in front of 700 guests at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The wedding was broadcast on television (drawing 55 million viewers) and was featured on the August 19, 1966, cover of Life magazine.[6][7]

They had four children: Patrick Lyndon (b. 1967), a lawyer and a pilot in San Antonio; Nicole Marie (b. 1970); Rebekah Johnson (b. 1974); and Claudia Taylor Nugent (b. 1976). The couple later divorced, and the marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church in August 1979.[8][9]

On March 3, 1984, she married Ian J. Turpin (b. 1944), a Scottish-born Canadian financier; he is president of LBJ Asset Management Partners at LBJ Ranch. Through that marriage, she has a stepson.[9]

Health issues[edit]

In April 2010, Johnson was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome (also known as Landry's paralysis), an autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system. She was flown to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to begin treatment.[10] Johnson returned to Austin in May 2010. Her doctor called her case "less severe than usual," and she experienced a full recovery.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Jarboe Russell, Jan (March 1998). "Luci in the Sky". texasmonthly.com. p. 1. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Semple, Robert B. Jr. (July 3, 1965). "Luci Johnson, 18, Turns, Catholic; Luci Johnson, 18, Becomes Catholic". The New York Times. p. 1. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Baptism of Fire, Time, July 16, 1965
  4. ^ Jarboe Russell, Jan (March 1998). "Luci in the Sky". texasmonthly.com. p. 2. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Zephyr Wright, White House Cook and President LBJ's Conscience". Marshall News Messenger. Harrison County Historical Commission. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Fritz, Maura. "Memorable Celebrity Wedding Dresses". realsimple.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Splendor of Luci's Wedding". Life. Vol. 61, no. 8. August 19, 1966. pp. 21–27. ISSN 0024-3019. Archived from the original on July 22, 2021. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady, dies at 94, Catholic priest at her bedside – Catholic Online Archived July 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b "Luci Johnson Plans Marriage to Banker". The New York Times. September 7, 1983. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  10. ^ "Luci Baines Johnson hospitalized with nervous system disorder". austin360.com. April 17, 2010. Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "Luci Baines Johnson's recovery is good news for family, Central Texans". Austin American-Statesman. May 5, 2010. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012.

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