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Larchmont Native, Publisher, O'Connor Dies at 63

LARCHMONT, N.Y. - Diane O'Connor, a Larchmont native, died Feb. 28 after a 12-year battle with multiple systems atrophy. She was 63.

The daughter of Dorothy and William P. O'Connor, Jr., she was born Sept. 25, 1948. O'Connor grew up in Larchmont and attended School of the Holy Child in Rye. She graduated from Mt. Vernon College in Washington, D.C. and Iona College in New Rochelle, then received a master's of business administration from Baruch College in New York City.

Nicknamed "Doc," O'Connor spent her entire career at W.W. Norton & Company, a publishing firm in New York City. First hired as a production trainee in 1971, she retired as vice president and director of manufacturing. O'Connor was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish in Mamaroneck and St. Luke's in the Field Parish in New York City.

She volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and would snorkel in Virgin Gorda, but O'Connor most enjoyed gardening while spending time with her family at their cottage in Orient, Long Island. She also partook in sailing, biking and swimming and was a nationally ranked squash player.

O'Connor is survived by her partner of 40 years, Carol Leudesdorf, her sons Timothy and Robert O'Connor, her sister Debbie, her brother Billy and many friends and extended family members.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at John J. Fox Funeral Home in Larchmont. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck.

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