The Other Children of George and Barbara Bush
Early 1960s Photo of the George and Barbara Bush Family
We all know about the most famous children of the Bush family ... President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. However, many are unaware of the other children of George and Barbara Bush.
President and Mrs. Bush had six children: George W. (the oldest child), Pauline Robinson Bush known as "Robin", John Ellis Bush nicknamed "Jeb", Neil Mallon Bush, Marvin Pierce Bush and Dorothy Bush, whose nickname is "Doro".
Following is information concerning the lesser known other children of George and Barbara Bush.
Robin Bush 1949-1953
Robin - Deceased Daughter of George and Barbara Bush
Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush was born in 1949, the second child of George and Barbara Bush, after the birth of George W. in 1946. Sadly, she was diagnosed with advanced leukemia when she was just 3 years old. Her parents took her to New York City for treatments, however, she passed away just two months before her fourth birthday. There was no funeral for Robin as her remains were donated to science to be used for research in the hope that a cure for leukemia would be found. Her maternal grandfather placed a small headstone for Robin in his family cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut. Many years later, the headstone was moved to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University which will be the final resting place of her parents.
Third Son of George and Barbara Bush
Neil Mallon Bush
Neil was born in 1955 after the birth of Jeb and the death of Robin, both of which occurred in 1953. He struggled throughout school until he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Barbara worked long and hard with Neil to overcome his disability and he later graduated from Tulane University with an MBA.
He is the chairman of Points of Light Institute which is a foundation that promotes volunteering for worthy causes around the world.
During his father's term as Vice President, Neil served on the board of directors of Silverado Savings and Loan prior to its collapse which cost taxpayers 1.3 billion dollars. The investigation revealed that Neil had questionable activities involving numerous conflicts of interest. Surprisingly, he was not indicted on criminal charges. The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) brought civil charges against him which were settled out of court resulting in a payment of $50,000 as his part of the settlement. A Republican fundraising effort was made to help Neil with the costs of these dealings.
A highly publicized divorce from his wife of 23 years, Sharon, brought to light that Neil had contracted STD herpes from high-priced prostitutes in Hong Kong and Thailand. A year later he married his current wife, Maria, who claimed that he was the father of her 2 year old son.
Youngest Son of George and Barbara Bush
Marvin Pierce Bush
Born in 1956, Marvin is a venture capitalist and until 2000 he served on the board of directors for Securacom, a company that maintained security for the World Trade Center Towers. After the September11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Towers, Securacom and Marvin Bush were severely criticized in the media.
Marvin now leads a relatively private life, as much as possible as a member of such a powerful American political family. He received a BS degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Margaret have two adopted children.
Youngest Child of George and Barbara Bush
Dorothy Bush Koch
Dorothy, nicknamed Doro, was born in 1959 and is the youngest of the George and Barbara Bush children. She is married to Robert Koch, the President of the Wine Institute and who was formerly an aide to House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, which is ironic considering the Bush family is staunchly Republican. Dorothy has a BA degree in Sociology from Boston College. She has two children with Koch and two by a previous marriage.
Dorothy lives in Bethesda, Maryland and serves with her brother, Jeb, as co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She played a major fundraising role in her brother's two presidential campaigns. She is also the author of the book "My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush".
The George and Barbara Bush Family
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