Politics & Policy

The Pat Page

Readers pay tribute to Pat Buckley.

Editor’s note: Patricia Taylor Buckley – Mrs. William F. Buckley – died Sunday morning after a long illness. In honor of Mrs. Buckley National Review Online has set up this page for readers to express their condolences to WFB and their son Christopher. (Send your condolences to condolences@nationalreview.com; please include your name and city and state of residence.)

Read more tributes to Mrs. Buckley elsewhere on NRO: From Richard Brookhiser, Jack Fowler, Van & Bootsie Galbraith, Tim Goeglein, Jeff Greenfield, Alistair & Sheelin Horne, Roger Kimball, Kathryn Lopez, John O’Sullivan, Norman Podhoretz, Mike Potemra, Dusty Rhodes, Bill Rusher, Fr. George Rutler, and Jeanne Safer in our symposium here, and from Peter Robinson here. Read an official obituary of Pat Buckley here.

In 1970, the day before Election Day, my secretary transmitted a message from Pat Buckley, to be at her place at “7 the next day” because “he and Bill wanted to express appreciation for my work in Jim’s campaign.” I was hurried and overwhelmed with work, but excited at my optimism that Jim Buckley indeed could be elected U.S. Senator, and that I had a role in this good deed.
Surely, I mused, Pat would know how busy I was. At 7PM the next night, I would be projecting whether we would likely win or lose, relying on exit poll leaks. So, this obviously (?) must be a nice breakfast get-together. Odd, I thought, but then, who I was I to second-guess her gracious invitation.
I worked past midnight, as was often the case in the Jim Buckley for Senate campaign. We wound up at the David Copperfield Bar with others on the campaign team. The alumni from this campaign just kept on giving to the conservative movement — Tony Dolan, Dan Oliver, Jackie Schafer, Kate (Walsh) O’Beirne, Bill Schneider, to name a few.
I didn’t get to bed until 2AM, set the alarm quite early, took a cab and dutifully arrived at the Buckley’s at 6:45AM. I figured I would arrive early and leave early, so that I get to the campaign headquarters by 8AM.
Pat answered the door in her night clothes and gave me quite a look.
“Hi,” I nervously said. “I’m a bit early.”

“That you are.”

“Yes, I can’t stay long. But I wanted to stop by and then get over to the campaign.”

“Yes,” she exclaimed — it was a very drawn out yes, with an exclamation point sandwiched between two question marks.

“So, anyway, that’s why I’m early.”

“Actually you are,” she seemed amused. “About twelve hours.”
I was embarrassed and felt like a fool. I explained how I came to be there, that I could not possibly be there at 7PM. She invited me in for an impromptu breakfast. I remember, from before, and that morning, a quick wit, an effusive charm, a memorable graciousness.
Arnold Steinberg
My sincere condolences to the Buckley family. I had the pleasure of meeting Pat at the Buckley home just prior to a sailing adventure with WFB several years ago. What a delight she was, and what a truly wonderful family this is.
Jeff Flake

Mesa, Ariz.

Dear Buckleys,

My sympathy for the loss of Mrs Buckley. In 1976 I was a 19 year old living and working on my own many miles from home, in Stamford, Conn.; I worked in the Grade A Market at the courtesy booth. I had the pleasure of seeing both Mr. and Mrs. Buckley a few times in the grocery store. (Yes at 19 I knew who Mr. Buckley was.) But the most memorable was the first time I saw Mrs. Buckley. She wanted to cash a check and I told her she had to have it approved by the manager. The manager of the store did his best to announce to the world that I had the audacity to ask Mrs. Buckley to have her check approved, but she was very kind and gracious and dismissed his outburst with a warm smile toward me. I never forgot it.

Karen Skillman

Winfield, Ill.
Please accept our condolences on the death of Patricia Buckley. I knew her only through reputation and occasional mention in NR but in reading about her dinner parties, glorious wardrobe, and quick wit, she seems to have been a wonderful partner to Bill Buckley, the brightest man I know, and a delightful mother of Christopher who seems to have inherited her sense of humor. I’d like to have been a bug on the wall listening to dinner table conversation.

She’s in our prayers. I’m sure she’ll be missed but memory of her can not be taken away.
Mr. & Mrs. T. Buckingham Glans

Beaufort, S.C.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of Mrs. Buckley. Please extend my sympathy to your family.
Mrs. Doris B. Bonner

Limerick, Penn.
Dear Mr. Buckley
Give us comfort when we die; give us life with thee on high; give us joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.
Waid and Teresa Dean

Luray, Va.

MY GOOd and faithful servant

Dear Mr. Buckley,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. We have never met, yet I can tell you that you, through your life’s work, have had an incalculable influence on my life, ever since I first read Up From Liberalism when I was 14, some 41 years ago. 
By all accounts, Mrs. Buckley was a wonderful woman, gracious, charitable, funny, witty, and loving; it would have been an honor to have met her. I have every confidence she was greeted, immediately upon her passing, with the words “well done, my good and faithful servant.” Know that you and your son Christopher, and the rest of your family, are in my prayers, and those of many others.
Knox Fitzpatrick

Dallas, Tex.
My condolences to the Buckley and Taylor family. Let defending good and common sense be the balm to your grief. It is what she did.
Kevin McDonald

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dear Mr. Buckley:

As a young teenager in the 60s, you were my true hero. I wanted nothing more than to be a columnist and television host, inveighing as I went (preferably on a motorcycle on Park Avenue). I spent countless hours with your column in my left hand and Merriam Webster’s in my right, enriching my vocabulary. I had the privilege of meeting you after two Firing Line tapings, one in Washington, D.C. and one in Lincoln, Neb. You’ve brought me so much joy in my life; I want to wish you great comfort at this

sad time in your life.

Jiggs Gallagher

Cathedral City, Calif.

Dear Bill Buckley,
I was so saddened to hear of your wife’s death. I have been an admirer of you and National Review and Firing Line and your novels for the past 30 years. Your influence on my life is monumental. That you lost such an influence on yours saddens me to no end. God Bless Pat. May God Bless you for the remainder of your life.
I would like to observe that there is no chance you could ever re-marry. From what I have just read of Pat, she would bar you at the pearly gates.
So sorry again.

A true friend unknown to you.

Frederick Hamilton
On my drive this morning I learned that Christopher’s event in Minneapolis, that my husband and I were to attend on Wednesday, was cancelled due to a death in his family. I ran home, flipped open my laptop, called up NRO and found the news. We have 3 generations of National Review fans in our family and we are very saddened by the death of Patricia Buckley. Our prayers will be with the inspirational Buckley family this week.
Elizabeth Alford Khoueir

Apple Valley, Minn.
To the Buckley family:
The world is indeed a smaller place today with the passing of your beloved Pat. As a conservative kid growing up in the Midwest, I have many fond memories of “Firing Line” and later National Review. I can only imagine the “spirited” conversations that must have gone on in the Buckley household. Both you and Pat have fought the good fight for our movement. You have also planted the seeds for the conservative movement for years to come. May God bless both you and Chris, and may he give you his warmth, and the insight to reflect in the coming days and months the cherished memories that are a blur in this moment of grief. Thank you again, and God bless you for your tireless devotion.

Warmest Regards,
William Lemen

Albuquerque, N.M.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
For many years, beginning when I lived in Mexico City, I have read most of your books, watched “Firing Line” programmes and like to think that I have learned so much more about the world and the people in it, through your intellectualism.
But the strongest encouragement and motivation to strengthen my personal and family life came through the words you wrote to relate anecdotes of your wife, Pat, your family life and your faith.
My thanks go to both of you. And may God bless you and keep you in this time of great loss.
Ruth Clark

Darien, Conn.
To the Buckley family,
Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Pat. I especially feel for Bill on the loss of the bride of his youth. I pray God will comfort you all during this difficult time.
Will Collum

Columbia, S.C.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her soul. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
How lucky you were to have her as a life companion, friend, and wife.
We have never met but I feel a kinship with you. I too have been lucky enough to be blessed with a jewel. Pat will be remembered in our prayers Sunday at Mass.

Mike & Gerry Mahan

Rochester, N.Y.
My condolences to Bill and the greater NR family on the death of Pat Buckley. “Great ladies” such as she are a vanishing breed. No doubt she is keeping St. Peter in line!
Peter S. Paine III

Princeton, N.J.
Dear William F. Buckley & Christopher Buckley,
I am saddened to hear of your loss and you both are in my prayers. May you find God’s comfort and solace during this difficult time.
David Sprowl,

Marion, Ind.
As a college student studying in Denmark in the Spring of 1989 I had the opportunity to travel to then-communist Poland, East Germany, and the Soviet Union during a two-week Easter break. It was the first time in over 50 years that it was legal to buy and sell Easter greeting cards in those Eastern Bloc countries. Shortly after that, Communism came to an end in Eastern Europe thanks to the long-term efforts of thousands of people, among them Mr. and Mrs. William F. Buckley Jr.
My thanks to Peter Robinson for writing so affectionately about Mrs. Buckley in his book How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. Truly, the Buckleys acted as beacons of Divine light to countless people. It should be a great comfort to know that this amazing woman passed from the world on the Feast of Divine Mercy, the same feast day that God called home John Paul II in 2005. Surely this is not a mere coincidence. May all of the Buckley family experience the loving presence of God in this time of great sorrow. May she and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Mrs. Buckley has been in my prayers during daily Mass this week.
Brenda Reynoldson

Topeka, Kans.
broken hearts

Dear Mr. Buckley,
I have never met any of your family, but I have read so many of your books, sir — and of course National Review each fortnight — that I feel as though I’ve known all of you for years. And today my heart is broken, for you and for Christopher, and for all who had the privilege of actually knowing your dear and irreplaceable Pat. I am so deeply sorry.

David C. Idema

Staatsburg, N.Y. The sincerest condolence of myself and family go out to Mr. Buckley and his family. May God grant you consolation.
Very sincerely,

Robert W. Shaffern

Scranton, Penn.
Dear Chris and Bill,

My sympathies go out to the two of you, as I can only imagine losing someone so close to me who I shared so much with. All of those memories will help you get through this tough time, and the knowledge that you will meet her again in Heaven.

Brad Duffy

Notre Dame, Ind.
I have written for NR, which brought me into contact with several Buckleys, and worked with Chris, too. Unfortunately, I did not get to meet Pat Buckley, but she was a tangible presence among the others. My sympathies and condolences to her husband, her son, and the many others who loved her.
Rosanne Klass

New York, N.Y.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
May God grant you and your family peace, comfort, hope, and strength during this time. You and your son, and all the rest of your family are in my prayers. I have never written to you before, but I wanted you to know how much I admire you. I have read many of your books and have been a long time subscriber to National Review. I have always enjoyed your work, and I have read many times about your wonderful relationship with your wife. I am sure she was more than special.
May God bless you and your family in the days ahead.
In Christ,
Rev. David S. Carpenter

Hector, Ark.
Dear Mr. Buckley,

I will never forget the day in 1978 when I, a 17-year old immigrant to Canada from Hong Kong, picked up my first copy of the National Review. You have been an inspiration and a guiding light to me over these past 30 years. My deepest condolences for the dimming of your guiding light although I believe that it is only temporary. One day you will be united in the place of eternal peace. May God bless and comfort you.
Louis Kan

Toronto, Canada
My family’s heartfelt condolences to Mr. Buckley, his family, and friends.

Godspeed Mrs. Buckley

Stuart Ablett

Tokyo, Japan

To the Buckley Family,
Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to you. In the death of Mrs. Buckley, we have lost a dear family member.
God Bless,
Jacques & Nancy Casanova
Dear Mr. Buckley:

It was with great sadness that I learned of Mrs. Buckley’s passing. I had the opportunity to meet her (and you) briefly during your harpsichord performance in Raleigh some years ago. Though already a longtime admirer of yours, I was likewise struck by Mrs. Buckley’s vivacious and gracious personality.

My heartfelt sympathies to you and to the extended Buckley family.


Michael C. Byrne

Raleigh, N.C.
Sincere condolences go out to Mr. Buckley and his family on the death of Mrs. Buckley.

I am envisioning Mr. Buckley in that Stamford home’s window overlooking the sea (as he described so sweetly in Miles Gone By).
Bereft though he may be, may God give him the strength to go on and, perhaps, to enjoy still the “little boats of sail and motor” that pass his home, now so empty.
Paul J. Heffernan

Ipswich, Mass.
heaven’s gain

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Your loss is heaven’s gain, and your beloved Pat now rests in the arms of a loving Father, who joins her in celebrating her rebirth after a long and painful Calvary.
Cyril W. Appel

Whitefish, Mont.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. The National Review, your books, and now Christopher’s books have been an important part of my life. During the late seventies and early eighties while I was in college and Law school, I worked at my father’s gas station where your magazine and ideas were discussed on a daily basis. Your leadership and character was and is an example of courage and dignity I shall always honor. You have given all of us a roadmap on how to love our God and live our life. The love and respect you and Patricia had for each other has always been beautiful to behold. God Bless you, Christopher and your family.
Charles T. Jacques

Winfield, Ill.
I have been an admirer of the Buckleys from a distance for many years. In reading Mr. Buckley’s writings on personal matters, his love of Patricia, as well as of his family and close friends was crystal clear.
The remembrances of Mrs. Buckley posted on the website have confirmed and enhanced the view that I held—she had to be an astonishing and talented person to have inspired this love. I have learned that I underestimated her, even then.
I wish WFB, Christopher, and the rest of you who are close to them God’s healing and the certain knowledge that she will be in a better place.
Don Thompson

Raleigh, N.C.

Dear Mr. Buckley,
I very much enjoyed reading the remembrances of your wife. I cannot compete with their eloquence, but I am married to a woman I love, the mother of my children. I suppose it’s not so very different for you?
I think the world of you, think you are true American hero, and would like to take a measure of your sadness upon myself if I could. We know I can’t. I’m very sorry for your loss.
Very truly yours,
Brendan Fitzpatrick

Naperville, Ill.
Dear Mr. Buckley,

Your trust in the Lord is complete, your knowledge of his mercy secure. In your sorrow, then, is still the seed of a joy that your Pat has all the glory of an eternal rest — to which she adds a glory entirely her own.

With our sympathy and prayers,

Ed and Sara Nowak
Mr. Buckley and Christopher,

My heart goes out to the both of you. My dear Christine and I will remember your family in our next rosary.


James Murphy

Essex Fells, N.J.
Dear, Dear, Mr. Buckley,
I am your polar opposite in mastery of our mother tongue but I must try to express my condolences. I am just a blue collar, middle class subscriber and yet I know what has been lost. I am so, so sorry for your grief and pain. Please remember how blessed you and Christopher have been and try not to begrudge our Creator. She is His and we are thankful that He loaned her to us.
May God continue to open your eyes to His Blessings.
Grace & Peace,
P. Brian Sexton

Lewisville, Tex.
The tributes to Pat Buckley by those who had the privilege of knowing her taught me that her husband was not the only Buckley unafraid of impossible causes. Anyone willing to face up to the Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle would find transforming our nation politically no challenge at all.

May our Risen Lord comfort your many loved ones as they mourn your passing.

Jim Boulet, Jr.

Alexandria, Va.
My sincere condolences to the Buckley and Taylor families. Special sympathy to Messrs William and Christopher Buckley. It has been a delightful revelation to read the memorials to Mrs. Buckley … you must consider yourselves very fortunate to have known her, to have loved her and most of all, to have been loved by her in return.
Joseph Murrie

Kerikeri, New Zealand
I remember the first time, many, many years ago, when I met Pat Buckley. I shyly went up to her and introduced myself. She said, “Oh, you’re the one who makes those lovely things for Bill.” (I give WFB a painting or collage for his birthday each year). This wonderful, incredibly kind, important woman knew who I was! A mere college student, I was amazed and grateful. Through the years, whenever I saw her at a function honoring Bill, she demonstrated by her comments that she did, indeed, remember me. She truly touched my heart.
Stuart and I send our deepest condolences to WFB and Christopher.
Judith H. Block

New York, N.Y.
My deepest sympathies. I’ll keep the Buckley family in my prayers.

Jefferson C. Taylor

Naval Station Rota, Spain
Deepest sympathy and best wishes to the Buckley family, and to the staff

of National Review.

James McKain

Ridley Park, Pa.
Dear Bill — The best way to go through life is hand-in-hand with the one you love, and if you’re really lucky, it will be the same hand. Sorry for your loss, you lucky guy.

Tom & Cathy Dunn

Murrells Inlet, S.C.
heavenly example

Dear Mr. Buckley,
Although I have never met you, I feel a great sadness in the loss of your beloved Pat. Your family is the epitome of the natural aristocracy of the community of souls. We are all indebted to you for your illumination of the blessed virtues and sacred responsibilities of our existence. You write so fondly (and beautifully, of course) of your many friendships that it seems especially hurtful to realize that your most devoted admirer has now left this earth.
May God grant you and your family peace at this difficult time and may you take solace in the belief that when your light is spent you will shine again with Pat and become as regarded a heavenly example of love and devotion as you were earthly examples of Christ’s holy sacrament.
Mark McGrory

Mashpee, Mass.
Some ancient Greeks thought the basis of all Great Things was a universal tension between opposing forces. An archer’s stout bow would be useless without the stress of the string and so was our introduction to “Call me Pat” and Mr. Buckley at their Park Avenue home.
We brought a gift — a Ukrainian Easter egg whose lost-wax intricacy was multiplied by its Ostrich origin (though a Brontosaurus would have slighted these two that did so much for Holodomor recognition). Mr. Buckley asked if the Ostrich embryo was still in its considerable shell and if not, was a proper court injunction sought.
Pat rolled her eyes and said “I have just the right place for it.”
And then we sat with Pat — sipping Chablis, thanked for smoking. Mr. Buckley walked into the Red study and quipped “Fascinating how cigarettes can poison an entire room.”
The guests glanced nervously, Pat chuckled … and the Greeks (now with Pat at the dais) were right.
Russ and Karen Chelak

Morristown, N.J.
She and her family will be remembered in our prayers.
Dr. Michael and Mrs. Ellen Daly

Oregon City, Ore.
I don’t watch much T.V. but I do remember in the late ‘70′s watching a debate between Mr. Buckley opposed by, of all people, former governor Reagan. After the debate I turned to my wife who was nursing our second and said of Mr. Buckley “I wish I could talk that good!” My wife, always the more perceptive, said, “I wonder who he’s married to . . . a strong woman I’ll bet.”

Sadly, I have learned that my wife had the correct mindset in reading the commentaries on NRO. My wife and I send our deepest sympathy to the Buckley household with the certain faith that they will, someday, be reunited where there will be no more sad goodbyes, no more crying and the sun shall shine forever!
God grant you His grace in this time of loss.

Mike & Karla Mettel

Tucson, Ariz.
Dear Mr. Buckley and son Christopher,
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Mrs. Buckley. May our Lord Jesus Christ send you the Comforter to give you peace, hope and the anticipation of a glorious reunion on the other side of the veil. And may her memory remain lovely and sweet in your hearts.
William R. Phillips III

Lafayette, La.
Dear Mr. Buckley:
I have read your magazine since 1962 and consider it an important part of my life. When I read of your wife’s passing I felt a personal loss. I am sure many readers feel the same way. My thoughts are with you and your son.
John Tomlin

Jefferson City, Mo.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
I never met your wife, but after reading about her remarkable life I am extremely grateful for the example she set for others.
Bill Gigante

Lexington, Va.
how to live

Mr. Buckley,

Thank you for sharing your wife with us. May the many stated memories of Mrs. Buckley lift you in her absence as they instruct my daughters on how God intended young women to live. I pray that the Lord grants you peace.

Jim Beavers

Mentor, Ohio
I never had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Buckley; I do not know her husband or her son, or anyone at National Review. But please accept my heartfelt condolences upon her loss. One just feels through her husband’s writings that they indeed had what Fr. Rutler described as “the model of a holy marriage.” My deepest sympathies to Messrs. Buckley upon the passing of their wife and mother. God’s love be with you both and with you all.
MM Thomas

St. Louis, Mo.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Buckley family at this time.

Hyrum and Sundee Lewis

Rexburg, Idaho
If I were to reflect on my living heroes in my 45 years on this earth, William F. Buckley, Jr. is number one on the list. As such, Mrs. Buckley’s departure to the presence of the Lord comes with enormous heartache for the family she leaves behind. I know she was a gracious, beautiful, and intelligent woman. But, I also know, from the character of the Buckleys, she was a good person — the kind that is too often missing in today’s world. And, that is what counts. Though having never met her, I am grateful for her life and the people she influenced. The couple of occasions I’ve had to interact with Mr. Buckley (once in person at a dinner in Tampa and once through a kind correspondence) are important moments for me — and that shows Pat Buckley’s influence in my life. It is with great love for this great family that my heart and prayers are with Mr. Buckley and his family. May God’s grace be with you in these days ahead. With love — in His grace,
Jeff Young

Birmingham, Ala.
Buckley Family,
Please accept my condolences at the loss of your beloved Wife and Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Rose Mary Montross

Big Rapids, Mich.
Mr. Buckley,

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Please accept my family’s most sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family in this time of mourning. While I cannot imagine the grief your family if going through; I am most certain of this: The pain of having lost an angel on Earth is most surely coupled with Heaven’s rejoicing at the inclusion of another saint.

Our nation owes a deep debt of gratitude to you and your wife. Let me say thank you for all you have done and your wife have done for our great Republic.

Semper Fidelis,

Jonathan D. Brooks

Ashburn, Va.

I have been a NR subscriber for 5+ years and attended the 50th anniversary event in D.C. It has changed the way I think, how I live, and made me a happier person. I feel that Mrs. Buckley did this and more for her family and all that she came in contact with. May God comfort her family and her friends and may her reunion with those who have gone before her be as glorious as her destination. God bless the Buckleys, NR and this greatest nation on earth.
Matt O’Neal

Peachtree City, Ga.
Our prayers are with Mr. Buckley upon the death of his wife.
Jim and Cathy Moody

Springfield, Va.
Requiescat in pace.

May the angels lead her into paradise.
Pete Armstrong

I offer my condolences to William F. and Christopher Buckley on the passing of Patricia Buckley — beloved wife and mother. I’ve had my intellectual life greatly enriched over the years by your works. I thank you for that, and mourn your loss.

May God Bless you, and bear you and yours through this difficult time.

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem . . .

Michael J. Cavaliere

Berlin, Conn.
What a loss to all of us who have ever been connected with National Review and the wonderful work done by the Buckley family.
You have been a light unto my feet for over 30 years now. Deepest of thanks … Many condolences
Frank N. Schleicher

Chicago, Ill.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
May I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your son. I trust the memories you gathered over many years together will help sustain you in this time of grief.
Deb Penwell

Jupiter, Fla.
utterly irreplaceable

Dear Bill,

I was so sorry to hear about your terrible loss. I’m thinking of you and remembering, among other things, the sweet motherly side of Pat that I saw when I would have dinner at your home and she was always so concerned to make sure I had something kosher to eat. What an utterly irreplaceable lady.

With much affection and wishing you comfort,

David Klinghoffer
Dear Mr. Buckley,

You and your wife have been a life-long inspiration to me. I grieve for you and with you, and pray that you feel God’s love at this difficult time.

Christina Opalecky

Royse City, Tex.
Mr. Buckley – Bill:
For the last 45 of my 60 years, you are the single most important personal influence in my life. Our few in-person meetings are cherished; your constant contributions lasting. Thank you. I’m certain Mrs. Buckley fortified you enormously. I ache for you at this loss. May she rest in glorious peace and joy, at home with Him. I look forward to meeting her in eternity.

With great affection and appreciation,
Jim Brankin

Southlake, Tex.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your lovely wife. All of us who feel as though you are a significant part of our lives (I’ve had the pleasure of meeting you at several “Firing Line” tapings) sympathize and share your loss. Respectfully,
Ronald Wieck

Kew Gardens, N.Y.
My sincere condolences for Pat Buckley’s loss. I am full of gratitude towards the Mother of the Conservative Movement and National Review. Thanks to the Buckleys’ efforts, the torch of freedom lit many parts of the world, giving hope to millions of people suffering from socialism, as I did in my native Greece.
Alex Palantzas,

New York, N.Y.
Dear Mr. Buckley,

Please accept my deep and sincere condolences on Pat’s death. I have always held you both in the highest regard and appreciate the tireless efforts you have made to promote conservative principles as well as your unabashed public acknowledgment of Catholic apologetics.
Requiescat in Pace, Patricia Buckley.
William J. Siok

Westminster, Colo.
My wife and I send our condolences to the Buckley family and all those at National Review.
Free, independent people all over the world owe her and WFB a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Without National Review and NRO I would be totally despondent at the state of affairs here and abroad.
Our sympathies,
Greg & Lynne Barnard

Franklin, Tenn.
Dear Mr. Buckley and Christopher,

I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew Mrs. Buckley but I knew how she was treasured. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace in you time of grief.

Mrs. Janet Cantor

Philadelphia, Penn.
Our prayers and wishes go out to you on the loss of Mrs. Buckley. God

rest her soul.


John Farrell
Condolences to William Buckley and his family on the passing of his wife. He was my inspiration in the early 1960′s and I had the privilege of meeting him when he spoke at the National Press Club while running for mayor of New York. I had to correct him when he said no one at the White House read National Review. I did. Later I worked in his brother’s first campaign for Senator from NY.
She is in my prayers.

Matt Soldano

Venice, Fla.
Our entire family sends deepest condolences on the death of Mrs. Patricia Buckley. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in your time of loss.

Very respectfully,

Barry Campbell

New York, N.Y.
I’ll never forget my first editorial dinner. I was seated at Mrs. Buckley’s table. It was March 1999 and I was just out of college working on a research project for Bill. Looking back I still recall the sense of intimidation knowing that I, a kid form St. Paul, was in the presence of one of the great society figures of the 20th century. Over the years Mrs. Buckley became Pat. I was privileged to perform many times on the piano for her, Bill, and the editors. I can still hear her calling out with her trademark sense of humor, “Bill married me for the piano.” Last Monday, I played again, yet sadly Pat was not present. However, I thought repeatedly of her as the notes of Bach and Beethoven came forth from her piano.
It was an honor for me to have known Pat, and she is in my thoughts and prayers as are Bill and Chris.
Larry Perelman

New York, N.Y.

My best wishes not only to WFB, but to the entire Buckley family. They have been a beacon of freedom for people not just in the United States, but worldwide. Even on the other side of our planet, people mourn for the Buckleys’ loss this evening.
Robert Lawler

Rybnik, Poland
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carl and Mary Pernicone

Croton-on-Hudson N.Y.
Please accept first my condolences but, more importantly, my prayer that a wonderful person will rest in peace.
Harold Arnwine

New York, N.Y.
Mrs. Buckley’s passing saddens us all, the world is diminished without her.

David Cantoni

Monticello, Ind.
Good night sweet princess

And flights of Angels take thee to thy rest
With condolences,
Steve Rapkoch

Tacoma, Wash.
Dear Mr. Buckley,

I’ve just finished reading Overdrive (the fourth time), so I was truly struck upon hearing this morning of your wife’s passing. Your descriptions of her really make that book a joy to read; it’s difficult not to feel the affection you have for her. I’m certain she was the perfect wife. My prayers go with her and your family.
Jim Sexton

Hudson, Ohio
A true partner to WFB and a wonderful influence on the world. Even those who never had the chance to meet her will sorely miss her.
Larry Grafstein
My deeply felt condolences go to William F. Buckley Jr. and Christopher in this moment of incalculable loss. I have followed WFB with delight, and often agreement, since the early 1970′s. To Christopher I owe many a belly laugh beginning with White House Mess.

I knew almost nothing about Mrs. Patricia Buckley until reading the Symposium. Having read it, she illumines them, and they illumine her — what a wonderful person has been lost to those of us who remain on this side of the great divide.

Only a truly remarkable woman could have evoked the tributes there, and only her family can fully appreciate the depths of their loss. God bless them.

Douglas Barber

Crisfield, Md.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
As a long-time member of the National Review family, my heart goes out to you for the loss of your wife.
May you sense God’s comforting presence in a special way, and may you find comfort in knowing the impact you and your wife have made on many lives (including mine, and my late father’s).
She sounds like a wonderful lady!
Warmest regards,
Margaret Parks

Rimrock, Ariz.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Rex Niswander
no one a stranger

Dear Mr. Buckley — A good friend and I drove up from the Deep South to attend the first ever NR fund raiser at your Park Avenue apartment a couple of years ago. Your wife met us at the door, saw to it that we were de-iced, and led us into the library. I have never been so thoroughly and graciously entertained in my life. At some point I remarked that I thought she and you were very brave, and she asked why so. I replied that it couldn’t be easy to open one’s house to scores of strangers. She quickly admonished me that no one in the house was a stranger — that we were all supporters without whom National Review could not exist. Such was the welcome she extended to us all that night and we are all grateful — and better people — for having made her acquaintance. The impression she left upon me shall not dim in the years to come, and I know you and Chris will miss her sorely. I thank National Review for the opportunity to meet you and your family, and please know that among countless others’, my thoughts, too, will be with you in the coming days.
Len Price

Evergreen, Ala.
Bill, Chris and Family—

So sorry to learn of Mrs. Buckley’s passing. Having read National Review for 35 years, and Chris’s magazine portrait of her a while ago, I felt as if I knew her and how central she was in your lives.

God Bless you all—

Sean Duffy

Bethlehem, Penn.
Our prayers are with you. You should know of no more sorrow and grief. We enjoyed and appreciate all the Buckley articles.
Rabbi Avrohom Adler

University Heights, Ohio
Dear Mr. Buckley,
I pray that you and your family feel God’s comfort in this saddest hour.
Robert White

Fort Collins, Colo.
We feel a great sense of loss at the death of Pat Buckley. We have been NR subscribers since the Goldwater Campaign in 1964 and feel that we have grown old together with NR and the Buckley family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill Buckley, Christopher, and the entire family.

Jane and Walter Harrington

St. Davids, Pa.
Mr. Buckley:

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your wife. Thanks for all you do for this country.
Sally Nakanishi

Encino, Calif.
Dear Mr. Buckley;
I had the pleasure of meeting you and your lovely wife on the NR cruise to Bermuda in 2004. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
Many condolences to you and Christopher. May God comfort and sustain you.
Jennifer King Stich

New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
unrestrained mirth

Messrs. William and Christopher Buckley and family —
The civilized world is something less as the sun rises to a day with no Pat Buckley. I never met her, but I can read, comprehend, and laugh — that is enough to realize what a great wife, in-law, mother and grandmother you were treated to. For half a century your household could only have been an enviable exchange of unrestrained mirth, seasoned with iron will.
When each of the rest of us lavishes our spouse or child with a much-deserved piquant barb, it origins lie in part with inspiration from Pat Buckley. Higher praise cannot be accorded.
Peace to you all.
Doug Brown

Huntington, N.Y.
Dear WFB and Christopher,
I wanted to send my best wishes to the both of you after hearing about the loss of Mrs. Buckley. One of my fondest memories of her from WFB’s many writings is the story of young Chris going treasure hunting, with the treasure being some jewelry of hers. I love that story. Best wishes to the both of you and may God bless you in this hard time.
Robert A. McReynolds
To the Buckley family:
I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are beloved by so many people. May the thoughts and prayers expressed here and elsewhere bring you comfort and God’s peace.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit ~Ps 34:18.
Michelle Clark

Easley, S.C.
Dear Mr. Buckley:
My sincere condolences to you and your family. You are my mentor and inspiration. Let God be with you.
Charles Pfister

Lexington Va.
Such a gracious forbearance needs no well wishes into the next world. Sending strength to her devoted spouse, Mr. Buckley.

Your Roving Poet
Dear Mr. Buckley,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

With affection,
Terry Broderick

Brussels, Belgium
National Review means so much to so many, and it is obvious that Mrs. Buckley enabled Bill Buckley (and the rest of NR!) to accomplish greatness. What a great example (50+ years of marriage, wit, grace, and class) to us all. It is truly a loss of gigantic proportions. Bill and Christopher, needless to say, are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Kliegel Family

Aurora, Colo.
How to express the sorrow of seeing something taken away from someone who has given you so much? There is no adequate way. WFB, you and your son and are in my prayers.
Gerard Jensen

Brea, Calif.

port after stormy seas

Dear Bill,
I was startled and saddened to learn of Pat’s death. I am aware of the fact that no words I or anyone else might say can offer any solace to the Buckley family. I am reminded of the opening line of T. S. Eliot’s East Coker—“In my beginning is my end”—a distinct and palpable reminder that our death is predetermined at the time of our birth. As Edmund Spenser puts it in The Faerie Queen, “Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas,/ Ease after war, death after life doth greatly please.” So when death, the end of woes, came to Pat she had long since, as Spenser advised, “gathered the Rose.” This must have been clear to anyone who spent any amount of time with Pat.
I never discussed such matters with her, yet I am convinced that this luminous and sharpe-witted woman knew what all Christians know as they contemplate their end in this veil of tears. It is what T. S. Eliot knew when he concluded East Coker with the sentence, “In my end is my beginning.”
In Christo,

Peter P. Witonski
Dear Buckley Family,

My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your wife and mother. May you know the mercy of an endlessly merciful God, may you know his peace, his comfort and his grace. May you only know the amazing grace and kindness of a grief shared.
Vivian Saavedra

Bowie, Md.

Dear Bill and Christopher . . . My husband and I send our deepest sympathies to you both in your loss. We are NR cruisers and had the wonderful pleasure of meeting the great lady and she will truly be missed,

Joanne and George Zaferos

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
I know her only from the views Bill gave us but I feel the loss deeply. My condolences to you Bill. You and she will be in my prayers.


Patricia Wilson

Ypsilanti, Mich.
I share your sadness and stand with you ea at this time of loss. She now stands with our Lord in paradise beyond all pain, sadness or tears. We rejoice in that fact even as we endure pain, sadness, and tears in this world.

God bless and strengthen you

Cpt Brad O’Brien

FOB Warhorse Iraq

3rd Brigade 1st Cav Division
Dear Mr. Buckley,

As one who is also blessed with a good and godly spouse with whom I have made a happy home for several decades, I ask our precious Savior to bring you His comfort as only He is able, as you have never before needed.

You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
Pauli Carnes

(Mrs. Ben Carnes)

Los Angeles, Calif.
Bill and Chris—
I know it is hard for both of you at this moment. You have suffered a most grievous loss. You have my greatest condolences. You have the consolation of knowing that Pat is with Our Lord, and at this time of year, the Easter season, the hope and the joy that Christ’s Resurrection brings can provide even greater consolation.
Bill, I have difficulty imagining a world without either you or Pat, but I am grateful for both of you — for all of your great work, and for the fact that she stood tall by your side through all of the good times and the difficult times. I will pray for you.
God Bless you.
Larry Scalf

Arlington, Tex.
Sunt lacrimae rerum . . . My prayers and condolences with her family. What a life! We will not see another like her, one fears.
Peter T. Bepler, II

New York, NY
Dear WFB,

I offer you and your family my condolences and prayers may God be with you all in this trying time.

ab imo pectore,

Martin P. McNulty

Mahwah, NJ

When I picked up a paperback copy of The Unmaking of a Mayor as a teenager, I noticed a picture of Mrs. Buckley among the photos and thought “I didn’t know WFB was married to Audrey Hepburn!” Mistaken identity perhaps, but the illumination is the same. And it lives on in all of you.
I lost my mother at age 84 a few years ago in one of those roller-coaster encounters with the medical establishment, all the harder because it starts out looking so ordinary. I know how it hurts.
May God be with you in your loss,
Robert Chiore

Hurst, Tex.
My sincerest condolences to WFB and Christopher, and their extended family. I have never met any of the Buckley family but I got a good glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Buckley when I read (for the first time) Airborne, the incredible story of Mr. Buckley’s first sail across the Atlantic in 1975. (I only discovered the book a couple of years ago.) I hope that a lifetime of wonderful memories will comfort the Buckleys at this sad time.

Yours sincerely,
Jeff Sullivan

Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Dear Messrs. Buckley:

Please accept our deepest condolences for the passing of Mrs. Buckley. We had the pleasure of cruising with WFB on the NR post-election cruise last November and were sorry Pat Buckley was not there — from what we knew, it would have added spice to the trip (and that’s saying something considering who was on that trip).

Our sense of loss was acute at the news of her death — the loss to you gentlemen and the family must be orders of magnitude greater. Even though we never knew her personally, she added richness to our lives through you.

Please know that our prayers are with you. May the peace of God through Christ be with you and with her.


Chad and Kim Davis

Indianapolis, Ind.
My family’s thoughts and prayers will be with the Buckleys. We will keep them in our prayers at Mass.
We have long been readers and fans of WFB and Christopher. She must have been a wonderful person to have so many respected and highly regarded people say such wonderful things about her.

God Bless
Michael Mangel

Richmond, Tex.
I am truly sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.

Best regards,

Reggie Brinkmann

Dallas, Tex.
My deepest condolences to both WFB and the entire Buckley family on the passing of Mrs. Buckley.
William R. Harrison Jr.

Arlington, Va.
Dear Mr. Buckley:
Though I never met your wife, I credit her in part with permitting and encouraging you to lead the remarkable life you have lived since the founding of this great magazine. From the obituaries I have read, I see she shared your political beliefs, and contributed to your causes as a hostess, confidante, and friend to many. We conservatives, National Review readers, and so many others will suffer for her loss. I can only begin to tell you how much you and the magazine have changed my life since I first picked it up as a college freshman in 1980. In those days young conservatives had few outlets, and to a large extent we were alienated in our own country. National Review changed that for me and tens of thousands of others. Your lower profile in these last several years has left me feeling a bit diminished, and now I understand part of the reason. I extend the condolences as one of your most ardent fans and look forward to your continued presence in our public life.

Howard Foster

Chicago, Ill.
The loss of a beloved wife is a very great sorrow, no matter when or in what circumstances. My deepest sympathy to Mr. Buckley and his entire family on their loss. May Patricia rest in peace and may Our Lord give comfort to her grieving family.
Barbara Meaney

Dix Hills, N.Y.
I first discovered National Review during the 80s, when I was living near Brown University and couldn’t understand all the strange looks I got from people when people saw me reading the publication in the local coffeehouse or laundromat. NR soon became a badge of honor for me.
Over the years I read, here and there, occasional references made to Bill’s wife Patricia as being an integral part of the National Review family — part of the glue that both inspired and helped hold everything and everybody together. She was obviously outstanding at both.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, especially Bill and Christopher, and to her extended family and friends at National Review. Rest in peace, Mrs. Buckley — job well done and life well lived . . .
Patrick Casey

Warwick, R.I.


My deepest condolences, and God’s peace and grace, to Bill and Christopher Buckley. I first learned the word “preternaturally” many years ago from Wilfred Sheed, who used it to modify the adjective “kind” as a description of Pat Buckley. Her legacy is one of the utmost grace.
God’s love be with you.
J. E. Dyer

CDR, USN (Ret.)

Hemet, Calif.

I am truly sorry to learn of Mrs. Buckley’s death. My prayers are with Mr. Buckley, her son, and their extended family. RIP

Benjamin Allston Moore, Jr.

Charleston, S.C.
Dear Mr. Buckley,

You and your son Christopher have my most sincere condolences. I pray that God’s peace will comfort you and your family. Thank you for your tremendous contribution to this country. You have made such a difference in my life, and I know that is true for many others. My heart goes out to you now.

Linda Graves

On behalf of my family, I offer my condolences to the Buckley family on the loss they have suffered, and realize no words which I may offer will ameliorate their grief.
May her soul, and the souls of all of the faithfully departed, rest in peace, Amen.
Edmund J. Waldron
Mr. Buckley,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your wife. As one who has also lost their spouse, I understand well how you are feeling now. May God bless you and your family in dealing with this loss.
Very truly yours,
N. P. Rogers

Houston, Tex.
Did I know her? No. Did I ever once lay eyes on her? No. Does it matter?
Not to this degree — that in everything I’ve come to know about her I discern evidences of why we’re conservatives.
It’s because we claim the right to a world in which it remains possible, against mounting odds, to be Patricia Taylor Buckley — with corresponding consequences for joy, hospitality, good sense, and good taste.
This, too: Had not Pat been so fully Pat, would Bill have been so fully Bill? Can’t say. This we know. She was; he is. And we mourn.
William Murchison

Dallas, Tex.
Dear Mr. Buckley,
I have extended to you, from time to time, letters extolling my admiration for you and for what you have accomplished over these many years. We have never met, much to my regret, since you are, along with my father, one of my heroes and a man who has exemplified a successful and moral life. Now you have lost your beloved wife and I can only express my sincere sympathy to you for your loss and assure you of my prayers for the repose of her soul. My God bless her with unending happiness and may He bless you with the knowledge that she is with Him now.

Your example to those of us out in the hinterland of a long and prosperous marriage is something my beloved and I do attempt to emulate. I cannot imagine the pain you must feel at your loss, but I do understand how much that loss must mean given my love for my darling wife.
Thank you for all that you have done for our country and for the cause of ordered liberty.
Gerry J. Dail
My condolences and prayers to the Buckley family. The fact that Mrs. allowed Mr. to devote so much of his life to causes that he could likely have walked past without a second thought gives one pause to appreciate all contributions.

I look to each new issue of NR like a child on Christmas morning; it saddens me to read of your loss.

God Bless,

Gregory Dwight
I have a wistful sense in thinking about the loss of Mrs. Buckley. I think of a patrician of purpose; one who might be removed from much of life’s struggle and drudgery, yet engaged so fully, that how could one not feel gratitude for this life well lived. To husband and son I offer my prayers, sent to God with special pleading for their comfort and for the soul of Mrs. Buckley. R.I.P.
It is because of the writing of WFB, in part, that I made the spiritual journey to Rome and the intellectual journey to conservatism. Therefore, I am profoundly grateful for God’s gift of the Buckley family and I grieve your loss.
Warm regards,
Steven W. Brallier


I met Pat a few times: not enough. You were with her for 56 years: still not enough. But keep talking to her: she’s still listening. Treasure the memories, Bill. You’ll see her again.

John A. Shaffer

Dublin, Ohio

Dear Mr. Buckley,
I am an admirer of yours and a reader of your wonderful magazine National Review. I have never known anything of your personal life, but took a few moments today to read all the testimonials to your dear wife, Pat. Some of them brought tears to my eyes—what a wonderful woman. I cannot imagine the loss you must be suffering. When someone is as richly alive as Pat was, it is truly impossible to imagine them gone. And indeed, it is impossible, as one of her friends concluded, that it is so.
I would so love to read a book, written by you, of your life with Pat. Have you thought of writing about your life together? How blessed you have been! What a blessing to the world to share.
Diane Ottlinger

Folsom, Ca.

Messrs. William & Christopher Buckley,

If the cliché is true that behind every good man there can be found a great woman, it must then be the case that behind every good ideological movement there must be many great women, and it is no doubt that Mrs. Buckley was one of the greatest. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your beloved wife and mother. May the Lord be with you and keep you as she is now in His loving arms.

God Bless,

Douglas Mains

Augusta, Mich.

Many years ago now I worked at National Review. Pat Buckley had the reputation of being a tough cookie — and yes, not a fool sufferer. Well, let me give the world a little example or two of her sweetness and generosity. I was serving on the switchboard one evening just after hours when she called in looking for Rose DeMaio, the treasurer. I informed her that she had left the office for the day. Pat sighed and said she needed to get some petty cash. After a few seconds of silent mutual rumination, I suggested that I had a “few twenties on me,” she was welcome to them and could run them uptown to her. She burst out with the most delightful chuckle I ever heard. Not condescending of my naiveté but sweet — the way a parent delights in such things from their child. Then once, at one of the Buckley’s parties, I had gravitated to the most heavenly mound of blended salmon/caviar. Simply the most delicious thing ever. Nobody else was eating it. Pat slid over by me and whispered to me how tickled she was that I liked it — that it was one of her favorites and please eat as much as I possibly could. Here is what I know after almost sixty years on this earth: These kinds of little sweet

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