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Patricia (Buckley) Bozell

SHARON — Patricia Buckley Bozell, 81, died at her home in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 2008, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Bozell, the seventh of the 10 children of the late Aloise Steiner and William F. Buckley, was born in New York City on April 23, 1927, and spent most of her early childhood at Great Elm in Sharon.

She attended the Ethel Walker School, graduated from Nightingale-Bamford in New York City and received her B.A. degree from Vassar College in 1948, where she roomed with her future sister-in-law, Patricia Taylor.

The following year she married L. Brent Bozell Jr., a law student at Yale.

After a brief sojourn on the West Coast, the Bozells returned east and Mr. Bozell ghost-wrote “Conscience of a Conservative” for Sen. Barry Goldwater, which was a national bestseller.

Mr. Bozell was an early editor of National Review magazine, but left in 1965 to found his own traditional conservative Catholic magazine, Triumph, on which Mrs. Bozell served as managing editor.

The Bozells had 10 children, L. Brent Bozell III (the columnist and founder of the Media Research Center, a Washington-based conservative watchdog group), Father Michael Bozell of the Benedictine Abbey de St. Pierre in Solesmes, France, Katherine (Bozell) Brewster of Somers, Conn., Christopher Bozell of Dallas, Texas, Maureen Bozell of Alexandria, Va., Patricia Bozell of Washington, John Bozell of Soria, Spain, William Bozell of Phoenix, Ariz., Aloise Bozell of Denver, Colo., and James Bozell of Hagerstown, Md.; 24 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

After Brent Bozell’s death a dozen years ago, Mrs. Bozell became a senior editor at Regnery, the Washington-based publishing firm, for which she edited more than 400 books in a 10-year career. She also served as copy editor of National Review, Crisis and The American Spectator magazines.

Among her surviving siblings are former senator and federal appeals court judge James L. Buckley of Sharon, Priscilla L. Buckley, author and former senior editor of National Review, also of  Sharon, F. Reid Buckley, author and founder of the Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden, S.C., and Carol Buckley of Columbia, S.C., author of “At the Still Point,” a memoir.

In addition to her brother,  William F. Buckley Jr., writer, editor and TV host, she was also predeceased by her brother John W. Buckley, and her sisters, Aloise (Buckley) Heath, Jane (Buckley) Smith and Maureen (Buckley) O’Reilly.

Mrs. Bozell was buried beside her late husband following a funeral service, a sung Latin Mass, with her son Michael as the Celebrant, at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Washington on July 15.

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