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Luci Baines Johnson Turpin, formerly Nugent, (born July 2, 1947) is the younger daughter of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, the former Claudia Alta Taylor (known as Lady Bird Johnson). Her name was originally spelled "Lucy", is possibly so-pronounced, rather than as "Lu-sai," as she informally changed the spelling in her teens. As her parents both had the initials LBJ, they named their two daughters to have these initials also.

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. Luci converted to Catholicism at the age of eighteen and was conditionally baptized. Since Luci had been baptized with water and in the name of the Trinity when five months old by an Episcopal priest in Austin, Texas, her "rebaptism" caused protests from leading figures in the Episcopal Church. It reached the front pages, for Roman Catholic teaching does not require converts who are already baptized to receive baptism a second time.

In 1966, a few months after marrying Patrick John Nugent, Luci adopted a white dog which she found at a gas station on Thanksgiving Day and named it Yuki, the Japanese word for snow — the dog became one of President Johnson's regular companions.[1]

At the age of nineteen, Luci Baines Johnson married Patrick John Nugent (July 8, 1943) in a high-profile wedding at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C., on August 6, 1966.[2] They had four children: Patrick Lyndon Nugent (1967), now a lawyer and a pilot in San Antonio, Nicole Marie Nugent (1970), Rebekah Johnson Nugent (1974) and Claudia Taylor Nugent (1976). The Nugents later divorced, and the marriage judged annulled by the Catholic Church in August 1979.[3][4]

On March 3, 1984, at the Johnson Ranch near Austin, Texas, she married Ian J. Turpin (born 1944), a Scottish-born Canadian financier; he is now president of LBJ Asset Management Partners. By him, she has a stepson.[4]

Today, Luci is Chairman of the Board and "hands on" 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 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.[5].

Luci received her BLS in Communication from St. Edward's University in 1997.[6]


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