August 29, 2022
Longtime Weston resident Pamela Drowne Bochinski died peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on August 21, 2022.
Daughter of Homer and Ruth Morrison, Pam grew up in Darien. At Darien High School, she played varsity basketball and field hockey, and cello in the high school’s all-state orchestra. Pam stayed in touch with her high school friends for the rest of her life, helping organize the Class of 1959 reunions for many years.
She graduated from Bucknell University in 1963, majoring in English and spending her first year abroad at the University of Edinburgh. It was at Bucknell that she met her future husband and lifelong partner, Richard Bochinski. In 1972 the couple and their two children moved to Weston.
Pam attended the University of Connecticut Law School and graduated with honors in 1977. She has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, specializing in trusts, estates and taxes. Among other professional activities, she served on the Executive Committee of the Estates Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. Over her forty-year career, Pam has worked at several well-known law firms in the area including Tate, Capasse and Johnson in Westport and Whitman and Ransom in Greenwich before opening her own practice.
Pam was an active member of the Weston community, serving on the Conservation Commission, the Moderators Panel and for 30 years as a Justice of the Peace. She was a founding member of the Devil’s Den Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as Registrar and Regent. She was also a member of the Connecticut Society of Mayflower Descendants.
A passionate genealogist, Pam spent years researching New England libraries and city offices to successfully construct her family tree. She also spent her free time gardening, tending to the many plants she had carefully chosen. But perhaps her greatest joy was traveling the world with her husband visiting many different countries and cultures around the world. Pam was the type of person who could handle almost any craft or project, including knitting. Later in life, she used this skill to win several awards, as well as making hundreds of hats for needy children and other cancer patients.
Pam is survived by her husband of 58 years, Richard A. Bochinski, her daughter Elise Drowne Bochinski of Weston, her son Jason R. Bochinski of Raleigh, North Carolina, a granddaughter Liberty Drowne Bochinski of Raleigh, and a sister , Marjorie Hofer and her husband William of Fort Myers, Florida.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 285 Lyons Plains Road, Weston, Connecticut.
The family asks for remembrances to be made in the form of contributions in Pam’s name to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.