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Priscilla Buckley

Sharon, Conn.

Posted: March 27, 2012 2:23 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Priscilla Buckley died at her home in Sharon, Connecticut on Sunday, March 25, after a brief illness. She was 90 years old.

Miss Buckley was a Sharon native who made her mark in journalism. Her career began in World War II as a copy writer for the United Press radio service in New York City. In 1953, she became a staff reporter for the Paris bureau of United Press International. Three years later, she was recruited by her brother William F. Buckley, Jr., for his newly founded magazine, National Review, where she remained until her retirement in 2000. She served as the magazine’s managing editor during twenty-six of those years.

Following her retirement, she wrote a number of books based on her experiences as a journalist and an avid traveler. These included A String of Pearls, based on her work with United Press here and abroad; Living it up with National Review, which chronicles her diplomatic skills in dealing with a group of brilliant but often irascible editors; and History Writ Small, chronicling travels "by Barge, Boat, and Balloon."

Although she maintained a New York City apartment during her working career, she grew up in Sharon and spent her weekends there before resuming her full-time residency in that town on her retirement. She was a first class golfer as a youth and later participated in pro/amateur tournaments in both New England and the Carolinas. Miss Buckley visited Camden often and had a legion of friends here 1938-1980. Among her funniest books, Putt Putt, Bang Bang is her account of her misadventures in every field of sport, from golfing to horseback riding, many of which took place in Camden.

Miss Buckley is survived by her brothers James L. Buckley, also of Sharon, and Reid Buckley, of Camden, South Carolina, her sister Carol Buckley, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and forty-eight devoted nephews and nieces.

Her funeral will be at St. Bernard’s Church, New Street, Sharon, CT 06069 at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 30. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Bernard’s Church or to Maplebrook School, North Road, Amenia, NY 12501.

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