- November 13, 2015

Philanthropist Who Helped Bring Long Center To Austin Dies At 79


KUT — Prominent Austin philanthropist, arts activist and lawyer Jo Anne Christian died Thursday afternoon after a battle with lung cancer. She was 79 years old.

Christian, whose late husband George served as President Lyndon Johnson’s press secretary, drew favorable comparisons to Lady Bird Johnson during her life for her sense of philanthropy and support of the arts.