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A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, ROBERT T REILLY was a Lieutenant in Europe during
World War II. He was captured just before the Battle of the Bulge and spent six months as a
POW. He was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other citations. Returning to
Massachusetts, Reilly earned advanced degrees from Boston University, before moving to
Omaha in 1950. Reilly is married and the father of ten children.
Reilly worked at Creighton University of sixteen years in a variety of jobs including
instructor, alumni secretary, Director of Special Resources and Director of Public Relations.
In 1966 he was made vice-president and a partner in the advertising firm of Holland, Dreves
and Reilly. In 1972, Reilly returned to teaching, becoming a professor at UNO where he taught
courses in advertising, public relations, creative writing and Irish Literature. Reilly
retired as a full professor in 1987. He was named a professor emeritus and a communication
department chair bears his name.
A free lance writer for more than fifty years, Reilly has published over 1,000 articles and
short stories in more than 100 national and regional publications; has written travel copy
and features for newspapers in half a dozen cities; did a weekly column for five years in
the Omaha Sun; scripted approximately 200 documentary films, television shows and
publishes poetry; served as a contributing editor to a quartet of national newsletters; has
furnished material for shows for Fred Waring, Lorne Green and Capitol Records. Six of his
documentary film scripts and several of his articles have won national awards, as have a
pair of his books.
His published books include Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal (4th Edition), which was
made into a Walt Disney film; Massacre at Ash Hollow, Rebels in the Shadows
Irish Saints (4th Edition); Come Along to Ireland; Christís Exile; Travel & Tourism
Techniques (3rd Edition), Public Relations in Action (2nd Edition);
Handbook of Professional
Tour Management (2nd Edition);
Effective Communication in the Travel Industry; Facets of the
Diamond (poetry); The Omaha Experience,
and two recent books that he co-authored, Lucky and
History of Omaha and Douglas County.
Six of his books have appeared in multiple editions
and four have been translated into a total of seven foreign languages.
Reilly continues to work as a writer, with three completed manuscripts awaiting
publication and several fiction and non-fiction works in progress.