Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird Johnson was one of our nation's greatest, and first, environmentalists -- decades ahead of her time. She understood that beautifying the nation was about more than simple aesthetics, but also quality of life -- in both urban and rural areas, and for both the rich and the poor.
Her support for civil rights helped to ensure that the 1960s were a time of great progress toward the ideal of equality on which our country was founded. Her impact in the fight against poverty and in support of early childhood education in America, through her support for initiatives such as Head Start, endures today.
I hope it is a comfort to the many people who loved her, especially her two daughters, Lynda Bird Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, that so many of us are grieving their loss and praying for them in this sad time.