Dorothy Bush Koch, George H.W. and Barbara’s only living daughter, was born in 1959. Barbara and George had six children together, including another daughter who died at a very young age. Dorothy and her parents were close, and Doro will no doubt miss her father terribly now that he has passed away, less than a year after her mother Barbara Bush died at the age of 92. Here’s everything you need to know about Doro Bush.
1. Dorothy Was Named After Her Grandmother
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Audiovisual ArchiveDora Bush with George H. W. and Dorothy Walker Bush in 1962.
Dorothy Bush Koch was named after her grandmother, Dorothy Walker Bush. Dorothy W. died in 1992, after suffering from a stroke at the age of 91. George Bush flew to Washington from Greenwich to be by his mother’s side, and Dorothy B. accompanied him for the heartbreaking goodbye.
Dorothy was born in 1959, six years after her sister Robin passed away. She was a light in her parents’ lives, as they still dealt with the terrible blow of the death of their oldest child. She attended school at a private all-girl college-prep school in Connecticut called Miss Porter’s School. She earned a Bachelor’s in sociology from Boston College in 1982.
2. She Was the First Person Baptized Publicly in China Since It Began Discouraging Religious Practices
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Audiovisual Archive)George W. Bush and his sister, Dorothy “Doro” Bush, visit their father’s Liaison Office in China in this photo, taken in the summer of 1975.
In 1949, China began to discourage foreign religious practices. When Dorothy was visiting Beijing in 1975, she was the first person publicly baptized in China since that policy had started.
3. Her First Husband Was William LeBlond
GettyDoro Bush Koch, the sister of President George W. Bush, and Jenna and Barbara Bush, the president’s daughters, wait for the opening of the evening session of day one of the 2004 Republican National Convention August 30, 2004.
Dorothy and William “Billy” Heekin LeBlond married in 1982. They had two children: Samuel Sosa and Nancy Ellis “Ellie” LeBlond Sosa. They divorced in 1990. At the time she got remarried, she was working in the special events department of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington.
Sam LeBlond, who is now in his mid-30s, said that he learned the importance of friendship and respect for others from his grandparents, Parade reported. He …read more