History Department
History Department

Lady Bird Johnson Dies

Thu, July 12, 2007

"Lady Bird Johnson was a Texas and American icon," said William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin. "She made an indelible mark on our state, our nation and world. And she made an indelible mark on our campus.

"Her intellect, her eloquence, her love of people and her passion for nature and the environment touched us all. As First Lady, she advised her husband on many issues that changed our country forever. And she was a wonderful human being. The entire University of Texas family joins the nation in mourning the loss of Lady Bird Johnson."

Lynda Johnson Robb, Lady Bird's eldest daughter and also a history major with honors, gave the graduation speech at the Department of History's Commencement exercises on May 20, 2005. The department was honored to have Lady Bird in attendance at the ceremony in Bass Concert Hall along with several other family members.

Related Links:
Read the LBJ library and museum bio on Lady Bird Johnson
Read the Associated Press story in the New York Times
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
History Department 2005 commencement address from Lynda Johnson Robb

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