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Dr. Henry Taylor

Dr. Henry L. Taylor

Wednesday, November 1st, 1933 - Saturday, October 5th, 2019
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Eagle Scout. Athlete. Veteran. Professor. Rotarian. War Eagle. Devoted husband, father and grandfather, Dr. Henry L. Taylor (1933-2019) has died. Born in Tallassee, Alabama, he is survived by Mur Taylor, his wife of 62 years, his sons and their spouses: Ken (Phoebe), Greg (Karrie), Barry (Marv), and grandchildren Sally, Minx, Molly, Hudson, Sean and Kane. He was the eldest of five children, Tom (Laura), Patricia, Martha and Naomi.

Dr. Taylor was known as “Hank” to his friends and grandchildren and “King” to the Camp Rockmont community in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where he and Mur have been an integral part since the land was purchased from Black Mountain College in 1955.

Hank was a graduate of Auburn University BS (1956) and MS (1958) and received his Ph.D. at Florida State University (1963). He had two successful careers. First, he served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a full Colonel. While in the Air Force, he flew 728 hours of combat in the Vietnam War and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as other medals for combat valor.

After retiring from the Air Force, he had a 21-year civilian career as a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois. He published over 100 scientific articles, presented 125 papers at conferences worldwide, created the school’s Aviation degree program and helped raise funds to construct a multi-million dollar upgrade of Willard Airport.

In 2001, Hank and Mur retired and relocated full-time to Black Mountain. Upon returning, he helped establish the Camp Rockmont Alumni Association and the Camp Diversity Foundation, to help underprivileged kids go to summer camp.

Hank was a devoted Rotarian, serving as president for local chapters in both Illinois and North Carolina. A generous donor, he was passionate about Rotary’s mission, particularly its focus to eliminate polio.

A memorial will be held in Black Mountain on November 23rd, which would have been Hank and Mur’s 63rd wedding anniversary. The service will begin at 2:00 PM in Eden Hall at Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Road in Black Mountain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hank’s honor to the Camp Diversity Foundation at www.campdiversityfoundation.org/

The family is extremely grateful to the staffs of the Health Center of Highland Farms and the North Carolina State Veterans Home, as well as the communities of Meadowmont 3 and Camp Rockmont for their caring support.
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Raymond Ciriaco

Posted at 10:09pm
Hank is a true Rotarian dedicated to making this world a better place. I met Hank and Mur who hosted me in their home during the Group Study Exchange program 10 years ago. He welcomed the GSE team from the Philippines to experience the warm hospitality of the south, joined us at the District 7670 conference in Atlanta and gave us a second home at Black Mountain. My wife Maya and son Gianfranco joined me for an unforgettable Spring break in their home. Last year, I was invited to speak at the District 7670 Conference and I was looking for Hank and was told he wasn't well enough to attend so I paid him a visit and we were able to enjoy one last lunch together 3rd of May 2018. You will be missed Hank - you've touched so many lives through Rotary, through the summer camps and your contribution to aviation history that made flying safer for the rest of us. God bless you!
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Murray Benton

Posted at 05:25pm
What an amazing Man. He was a huge influence in my life. Thankful for his Christian example and the wisdom he shared with me during my time at Rockmont. Mur and guys, will be praying for all of you. Heaven is happy to welcome him but I know you will miss him. God bless you all. Murray Benton.
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Gary A. Mann

Posted at 03:05pm
I am a 2nd cousin of Henry. I grew up in Tallassee and visited his family frequently. Please accept my sincere condolences. Gary A. Mann
 
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Dina Francisco Posted at 05:27pm

So sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. The Taylor family are generous kind people and Hank definitely led this family with an exemplar if those characteristics. He had a great sense of humor. It was an honor to know him and his family. My sympathies to Mur, Ken, Greg, and Barry as well as all the grandchildren. I wish you many fond memories to hold in your hearts to see you through these tough moments. Fondly, Dina Francisco
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