Ted Taylor, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry, Emeritus, passed away November 22, 2017 at the age of 94 while living at the home of his daughter, Susan Spielman in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was preceded in death in 2014 by his wife of 68 years, Virginia (Crouse) Taylor.
Ted was born in Springfield, Massacusetts on August 3, 1923. He quickly exhausted the chemical offerings of
Hamilton College and moved to Cornell University to complete his A. B. and Ph.D. degrees. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1949 he was a Merck Postdoctoral Fellow with Leopold Ruzicka in Zurich, Switzerland.
He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1951 before moving to Princeton in 1954. He was appointed the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1966, a position he held until 1997, when he was appointed Emeritus Professor and senior research chemist.
Taylor wrote more than 460 papers and holds 52 U.S. Patents. He is the author or co-editor of 89 books on heterocylic chemistry and organic synthesis.
Ted is survived by his son, Ned Taylor (Connie) and his daughter Susan Spielman (Rick). He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.