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Pat Buckley, N.Y. fundraiser, dies at age 80

STAMFORD, Conn. --Pat Buckley, a leading New York fundraiser for charities and the wife of writer William F. Buckley Jr., died Sunday in Stamford. She was 80.

She died of an infection following surgery, Jack Fowler, publisher of National Review, the magazine founded by William Buckley, told The Associated Press.

"She really was an incredibly powerful and colorful woman," Fowler said. "She really was a dominating personality. In some degree she could be very intimidating. She was also very kind."

Beneficiaries of Pat Buckley's fundraising included the Metropolitan Museum, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. She also raised money for AIDS causes and Vietnam veterans.

Patricia Alden Austin Taylor was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 1, 1926. Her father had lumber and mining interests, was a director of the Bank of Canada and helped establish thoroughbred racing in British Columbia, The New York Times reported Monday.

While a student at Vassar College, Pat Buckley met her future husband, who was the brother of her roommate. The young couple soon settled in Hamden while he wrote his first book, "God and Man at Yale."

Despite her high profile, she generally identified herself as "Bill's wife and Chris's mother."

"I'm a lot of other things too, but those come first," she said.

Christopher Buckley, the author and editor, is her only child. "He's one of the funniest writers I know, probably because he has my sense of humor," she said.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nyt.com

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