Ralph N. Taylor, 82, architect, UM employee

April 10, 2002

Ralph N. Taylor, a retired architect who later worked in facilities management for the University of Maryland, died Monday of kidney failure at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm. He was 82 and had been a longtime Towson resident.

Born in Lowell, Mass., and raised in Dover, N.H., where he graduated from high school, Mr. Taylor worked as a draftsman at the Navy yard in Portsmouth, N.H., until enlisting in the Army in 1944. He served in ordnance in the Pacific, and attained the rank of lieutenant.

Mr. Taylor moved to Baltimore in 1950, and studied architecture at the Johns Hopkins University. He became a registered architect and was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

For several years, he was a partner in the Baltimore architectural firm of Wheeler, Bonn, Shockey and Taylor. After its dissolution in 1978, he went to work in facilities management at the University of Maryland's Baltimore campus. He retired in the mid-1990s.

He was a member for 60 years of the Masons, a member of the St. Andrew's Society and a former member of the Rotary Club, and enjoyed woodworking and golf.

He was a communicant and former vestryman of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road, Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Marian Johnson; two daughters, Holly T. Fessler of Charlottesville, Va., and Lynn M. Taylor of Hagerstown; two brothers, John A. Taylor of Dover, N.H., and Raymond W. Taylor of Bethlehem, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

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