Patricia P. O’Reilly, 87, was born December 12, 1926 in London, England to Ralph C. Pond and Mary C. (Ashton) Pond. She and her mother immigrated to the United States after the death of her father in 1929, settling with extended family in Connecticut. Her mother later married Michael Slamon, and Pat was blessed with two younger sisters.
Patricia graduated from Norwalk High School in 1945, and received her BA in History from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY in 1949. She went on to earn her Teaching Certificate from the (then) Danbury State Teachers College.