Pat Buckley, who was William F. Buckley Jr.’s wife of well over a half-century, has passed away.
It’s been written time and time again that “behind every great man, there’s a great woman,” and judging from Mr. Buckley’s amazing life, Pat must have been one heck of a presence. It’s also true that her life was about as fascinating, though not quite as public, as her husband’s.
She’s been described as a “conservative den mother” of sorts:
Over the years, Mrs. Buckley acted a kind of den mother to the modern conservative movement, giving dinners to the editors of her husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s magazine, National Review every other Monday, starting in the mid-1960s. At her husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 80th-birthday celebration in 2005 at the Pierre Hotel in New York, her son Christopher noted in a toast that Ã¢â‚¬Å“No one ever left my motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house less than well and truly stuffed.Ã¢â‚¬Â