B. Conway Taylor Jr., attorney

June 22, 1993

B. Conway Taylor Jr., a retired partner in the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, died Sunday of cancer at the age of 74 at his home in Stevensville.

Mr. Taylor retired in 1986 after the firm had become one of the largest in Baltimore. He had joined what was then the three-man firm of Due, Nickerson and Whiteford in 1946.

He was a member of the American Bar Association and its Fidelity and Surety Committee, the Maryland Bar Association and the Baltimore City Bar Association.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., he grew up in Richmond, Va., and in Baltimore, where he graduated from City College, attended the Johns Hopkins University and earned his law degree at the University of Maryland in 1940.

Licensed to fly private planes, he joined the Army Air Forces as a pilot near the beginning of World War II but received a medical discharge in 1942, without seeing combat, after losing his sight in one eye as the result of defective serum in a typhoid shot.

Mr. Taylor -- "Bunny" to his friends -- had enjoyed sailing since his youth and was a member of the Potapskut Sailing Association and the Kent Island Yacht Club. He built more than a dozen sailboats, the largest of them 29 feet, most of them still in use.

He played at least 10 musical instruments and wrote and arranged music, playing weekly for many years with two musical groups in the Baltimore area. He played the viola in a string quartet and bass and clarinet in a jazz group that included both professional and amateur musicians. They appeared most recently at the Millrace Tavern in the Dickeyville area.

He had moved to Stevensville about 15 years ago from Severna Park, where he was a member of St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church.

A memorial service for Mr. Taylor will be conducted at 4 p.m. tomorrow at that church, located at 375 Benfield Road.

He was married for 42 years to the former Virginia Leigh Hines, who died in 1986.

His survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth Balfour Mattox; a daughter, Nancy Taylor Robson of Galena; a son, Christopher A. Taylor of Severna Park; a brother, John F. Taylor of Austin, Texas, and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Queen Anne's Hospice, P.O. Box 179 in Centreville, or to St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church.

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