The Albion College community mourned the passing of Hall of Fame football athlete and coach Tom Taylor, '58, on April 27.
Taylor's successes as an Albion football player were numerous: he was Albion's Most Valuable Player three consecutive years, co-captain his junior and senior years, an All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association performer in 1957 and 1958, MIAA Most Valuable Football Player in 1958, All-American and All-State in both 1957 and 1958, and the first Albion player to appear in a bowl game. He became the fourth person to have his jersey retired, number 33.
He was inducted into the Upper Peninsula and Newberry High School Halls of Fame in addition to the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Taylor served as a military policeman during the Korean Conflict. Following his service, he earned a bachelor's degree from Albion College and a master's degree in education from Northern Michigan University. Tom began his career as a football coach and educator at Clarkston High School. He then returned to Albion College, first as a line coach, then head coach and assistant professor of physical education. In 1973, he moved to Marquette and was employed at NMU as football coach, then in the financial aid department until his retirement in 1994.
Taylor was respected throughout the community and was a strong role model for his family. As a runner, Tom competed in the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City and fostered a 30-year family tradition of participating in the Big Bay Relay. Many children and grandchildren began their love of sport and fitness at the hand of their grandfather. Taylor loved to attend his family's sporting events and would travel hours to encourage and cheer from the stands.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy, five children; Debra (Gordon) Haughey, Lynne Taylor (Steve White), Kathy Taylor, Tom (Marilyn) Taylor, and Terry (Kim) Taylor. Tom is also survived by thirteen grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Taylor's honor to the Peter White Public Library, 217 North Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855.