The Other Children of George and Barbara Bush

Updated on April 19, 2018
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Thelma Raker Coffone is an award winning non-fiction writer. She enjoys sharing information about America's presidents and their families.

Early 1960s Photo of the George and Barbara Bush Family

Front: Neil, Marvin,  and Jeb                               Back: Dorothy, George W., Barbara, George H.W.
Front: Neil, Marvin, and Jeb Back: Dorothy, George W., Barbara, George H.W. | Source

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

Beautiful Painting of Robin, deceased daughter of George and Barbara Bush
Beautiful Painting of Robin, deceased daughter of George and Barbara Bush | Source

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 Mallon Bush | Source

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
Marvin Pierce Bush | Source

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 Bush Koch | Source

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

The Children of George and Barbara Bush              January 6, 2005
The Children of George and Barbara Bush January 6, 2005 | Source

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      kitmom 

      2 weeks ago

      I was under the impression that after researchers are finished with a donated body, they cremate it and return it to the family. Sometimes it takes several years. The headstone could have been placed there when they received Robins remains.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      7 months ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Pierce was Mrs. Bush's maiden name. On the gate to the grave it says Bush so it is understood that anyone buried there is a Bush.

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      Susan Garcia 

      7 months ago

      Why does Barbara's headstone say Pierce instead of Bush

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      7 months ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      My research indicates what I wrote in the article ... 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.

      Perhaps the newscasters believe that her remains are there since they saw a tombstone for her.

      Great questions, thank you for asking.

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      Barbara 

      7 months ago

      It was nice to read about the rest of the children I never knew there were six. I think some of the things that were printed should've been omitted. It was very unnecessary. And certainly not very Christian like to disclose some personal thingsall of us live our private lives and they deserve their's is well god bless all of them

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      Winsor52 

      7 months ago

      During coverage of Barbara Bush’s funeral today, it was said by multiple TV news stations said she was being laid to rest next to her daughter Robin at the plot behind the Presidential Library at Texas A&M University. You say there were no remains since her body was donated for research toward a cure for leukemia. So - which is it?

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      J Testa 

      7 months ago

      Boy , Even on the day of Barbara Bush's funeral ,the media has to find negative things of this family. For shame, if you are Christians.

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      Norma Jenkins 

      8 months ago

      Thank you for this article about the "other Bush children's. Very informative article! Have often wondered why we never heard much about the other 3 children!

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      Patricia oneal 

      8 months ago

      This is the first time I heard about six

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      Marie Penny 

      8 months ago

      My folks told me about Joe Kennedy running boot leg whiskey off shore on Long Island and selling it in N.Y. City . It seems that everyone on the island knew about it. That was how he made his money back then.

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      Susan Hanks 

      8 months ago

      I am wearing my mother's pearls today to honor Barbara Bush and my mother who was born in the same year. Both stong women of the highest integrity and character.

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      Cookie 56 

      8 months ago

      RIP our beloved Mrs. Bush, thank you for so many years of love that you showed the nation. God Bless you and my deepest sympathy to the Bush Family. She was an awesome lady.

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      Catherine A Humphreys Sedalia, Mo 

      8 months ago

      May God Bless and keep each of at this time of sorrow

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      nanci 

      23 months ago

      wow one of the bush kids cost tax payers 1.3 billion dollars, but he only had to pay back 50,000, and got help paying it back, wow, good to have your father as president.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      2 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Ruth thank you for reading and commenting. You are right...Barbara would not put up with any shenanigans like that!

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      Ruth . Staley 

      2 years ago

      I love ALL the Bushes..no scandal that I know of but there was an ugly rumor at one time, making the rounds in Houston that the father had a mistress and he paid for her apt in Houston, etc. Makes me furious - don't you know that if such a thing had happened Barbara would have known about it and boy, would she have handled it. I admire all of them - they are a beautiful people family.y

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      Kathy 

      2 years ago

      Wasn't Robin beautiful!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thank you Paul for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Paul Chinsky 

      3 years ago

      This family is living proof that wealth and entitlement are not guaranteed builders of charactet.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Jackie thanks for your comments. The election is going to be interesting to say the least.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting; I had never even considered their other children. Don't imagine George Sr will be around much longer; he seems like a very nice man to be a politician. I am not crazy about Jeb though; he somehow just does not ring true to me when he talks. He just might be our next President though; never know.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      aesta1 I have to admit I didn't know much about them either until I researched this article. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to admit I didn't the other children, only George and Jeb. It is interesting to know the lives of the others.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thank you for your wonderful comments sosown. Glad you liked my topic choice.

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      Kelly 

      4 years ago from NJ, USA

      Awesome. That is definitely a subject not usually covered, great choice of topic.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thank you rasta1 for reading and commenting. Yes, they are an interesting and powerful family.

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      Marvin Parke 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      I found this article very enlightening. Such a powerful family in America.

    • ThelmaC profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      FlourishAnyway thanks for stopping by to read my hub and for taking the time to comment.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Enlightening indeed ... all the connections. Sad to know about Robin. I am glad they donated her body to science.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Her parents were at her side when she died. I have never heard the golf rumor and truly believe that is just a rumor. I do not know the length of time between her death and the setting of the headstone. Thank you for your comments.

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      Iona01 

      6 years ago

      I recently heard, after being told their daughter had died, the parents went off for a game of golf. As you state, they donated the body to research and didn't hold a memorial service or any other form of "burial". It was three years after her death that her grandparents stepped in and organized a head stone. Not exactly warm and fuzzy.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Many people have told me they were unaware of the George and Barbara Bush daughter that died.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      American Romance thanks for the compliment. I will definitely look into the bootlegging Kennedys!

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      American Romance 

      6 years ago from America

      Very interesting hub! You seem very good at this! Write one on the Kennedy's, I would love to read about them and be sure to include how they got rich bootlegging whiskey. Many Americans do not know this about this family.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      weestro I thought the picture of Robin was so beautiful. Yes, very sad. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I appreciate the vote up!!

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      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting read thelmac, I didn't know of Robin, very sad indeed. What an interesting family! Voted up!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Jean-ette thanks for your nice comments. I was happy to find the beautiful picture of the deceased Robin to share with my readers. I was fortunate to meet President George W. Bush however, I did not know about the deceased daughter of President George H. W. Bush and Barbara until I started researching this article.

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      Jean-ette 

      6 years ago

      Hi ThelmaC, what an interesting hub and an interesting family. So sad to loose a child, though.

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