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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 pageants; 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 (3rd Edition); Irish Saints (4th Edition); Come Along to Ireland; Christís Exile; Travel & Tourism Marketing 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.

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