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Pat Buckley, charity fundraiser, wife of editor July 1, 1926 -- April 15, 2007

Pat Buckley, a prominent charity fundraiser in New York and the wife of writer and magazine editor William F. Buckley Jr., has died. She was 80.

She died Sunday of an infection after surgery, National Review Publisher Jack Fowler told the Associated Press. Her husband founded the magazine in 1955 and was its editor until 1990.

Beneficiaries of Pat Buckley's fundraising included the Metropolitan Museum, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the 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 War veterans.

Patricia Alden Austin Taylor, daughter of industrialist Austin C. Taylor, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She met her future husband while she was a student at Vassar College. He was her roommate's brother. The young couple soon settled in Hamden while he wrote his first book, "God and Man at Yale."

Christopher Buckley, an author and editor, is her only child.

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