George Taylor, wrote about golf and hockey

April 20, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

George B. Taylor, nationally recognized for his golf and hockey reporting during a Baltimore newspaper career that spanned more than 50 years, died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 71.

Friends recalled him as always upbeat and never sharing his burdens, even during his illnesses in recent years.

Perhaps nothing gives a clearer picture of the man than a written tribute to golf, of which he was fond. Referring to that game, it says, in part:

"It is a contest, a duel, or a melee, calling for courage, skill, strategy, and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character. It affords a chance to play the man and act the gentleman."

Jack Emich, executive director of the Maryland State Golf Association, said, "Golf in Maryland won't be the same without him. He epitomized everything good about life and golf. He made a great contribution to the game and will be missed by all fortunate enough to have known him."

David Halle, a past officer of the Suburban Club and a longtime Middle Atlantic Golf Association official, said, "We were friends a long time, going back to the 1930s. He was a wonderful man of the greatest character."

Mr. Taylor was a lifelong Maryland resident whose first love was his family, but golf followed close behind. His father, a Scottish golf professional, worked at the historic St. Andrew's golf course in Scotland before coming to the United States, where he worked at the Suburban Club and the Rolling Road Golf Club, among others.

Mr. Taylor was a graduate of Catonsville High School and started his newspaper work soon thereafter, in 1942.

He spent most of his newspaper career at the Baltimore News-Post and News American, resigning after 37 years to go to The Evening Sun, from which he retired in 1989. He continued to write a weekly column for the Carroll County edition of The Sun through last year's golf season.

"He was one of the finest gentlemen I've ever known, in or out of the business. He always had his priorities in order," said Jack Gibbons, executive sports editor of The Sun, who worked with Mr. Taylor at The News American, and later was his sports editor at The Evening Sun.

In addition to the tournaments of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association, of which he had been secretary for 34 years at the time of his death, and the Maryland State Golf Association, he covered many national events.

On the hockey beat, Mr. Taylor covered the Clippers and Skipjacks and often provided commentary on radio broadcasts.

A near-scratch golfer in his younger days, Mr. Taylor was hampered later by arthritis. But the disease did not prevent him from using the precise penmanship that was his trademark while pursuing his avocation as a scorekeeper for various state and regional golf associations.

The Glyndon resident served two separate terms as president of the Glyndon Community Association and was a member of Glyndon United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and directed musical variety shows.

Friends may call at the family home, 16 Worthington Hill Drive, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Glyndon United Methodist Church, 4713 Butler Road.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Eleanor Healy Taylor; two daughters, Martha Taylor Clements and Nan Taylor Kaestner, both of Glyndon; a sister-in-law, Martha I. Healy of Glyndon; a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert F. Healy of Catonsville; and five grandchildren.

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