Edwin L. Taylor, 102, of Freedom Village, West Brandywine, passed away peacefully at his home on July 3, 2021.
He was the beloved husband of the late Edith Carlson Taylor, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage at the time of her passing in 2008.
Born on April 27, 1919 in Queens, NY, Edwin was the son of Charles and Rae Kyle Taylor. He was raised in Ridgefield Park, NJ where sports, academics and violin study were some of his principal interests, as well as proudly achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Before serving as a US Army Captain during WWII, Ed graduated from Rutgers University. After the war, he received a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Columbia University.
For 24 years, Mr. Taylor was the Director of the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, having begun there as an administrative resident.
He went on to become the CEO of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and then Vice-President,Business Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University retiring in 1983. Mr. Taylor served in many special roles in his field. He was President of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), and named Regent for Pennsylvania by the ACHA. He was chairman of the Forum of Delaware Valley Hospital Council and Board of Trustees of the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. He was made a Life Fellow of the American College of Hospital Administrators.
Mr. Taylor was active in his church and community service, a sports enthusiast, and would delve into music, history and world issues. He played the violin for the Main Line Symphony and sang with the Main Line Barbershop Chorus. He devotedly and humbly cared for his wife during her last struggles with Alzheimer’s.
He was a warm and caring man who will be sorely missed by his daughters, Barbara Kondrath and Beverly Taylor; grandson, Martin (Rusty) Kondrath; granddaughter, Krista Selcher; and five great-granddaughters.
Mr. Taylor’s family will receive relatives and friends from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Monday, July 12th at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, where a service followed by military honors will be held at 1:30 pm.
Interment in Philadelphia Memorial Park will be held privately.