He was a graduate of Davidson College, from which he also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He was ordained as a minister after graduating from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and served as a missionary to Japan from 1950 to 1986. As part of his mission service, he was president of Shikoku Christian College in Zentsuji, Japan, from 1978 to 1982, and Adjunct Professor of World Mission at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary from 1983 to 1984.
After retiring from the mission field, Mr. Taylor lived in Louisville, where he was an outspoken and dedicated activist in the causes of peace and justice. He is the author of Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and Beyond (2005), God for All (2013), and A Goodly Heritage (2014).
Mr. Taylor married Margaret Ruth Hopper of Louisville in 1944, and she served with him as a missionary in Japan until her death in 1984. He married Grace Wanda Myers of Louisville in 1990, who was his wife until her death in 2006.
Mr. Taylor is survived by three sons from his first marriage: William, John, and Samuel, and by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service for Mr. Taylor on October 28 at 3 p.m. at the Caldwell Chapel of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 27, 2017