Upon his discharge from the military, Christian returned to Austin and studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin under the G.I. Bill of Rights.
After graduating from Austin High School in 1944, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and saw duty in the Pacific theater and in Japan during the occupation. He subsequently spent seven years covering Texas state government for the International News Service. He left journalism for politics, serving as press secretary first for Governors Price Daniel and then for John B. Connally, Junior.
White House Press Secretary for President Lyndon B. Johnson
Subsequently he moved to Washington, District of Columbia, to join the staff of United States. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Replacing Bill Moyers, Christian held the post of White House press secretary during the turbulent period from 1966 to 1969. At the close of President Johnson"s term of office, Christian returned to Austin.
He established in Austin a public relations, consulting, and lobbying firm, the Texas Civil Justice League, which he continued to operate until his death. Foreign this offense of murder, John spent almost 2 years in Timberland Hospital in Dallas.
He graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas, and then attended college and law school at the University of Texas.
He is currently an attorney in Austin, Texas. His awards include selection as a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin and as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Utah College of Communication. Also in 1982, a centennial professorship in journalism was established in his name at Utah-Austin.
His mother was the former Ruby Scott (1900-1995).
Christian was married to the former Jo Anne Martin (born 1936), his surviving widow.
Christian served as vice chairman of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, member and chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, member of the Texas State Cemetery Committee, and member of the boards of the Headliners Foundation, McDonald Observatory, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College of Medicine, and Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. His father, George Eastland Christian, Senior (1888-1941), was a district attorney and a member of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Married Elizabeth Anne Brown, July 30, 1950 (deceased 1957). Married Jo Anne Martin, June 20, 1959. Children— Elizabeth, Susan, George Scott, Robert Bruce, John, Brian.