TAYLOR, Frederick Robert  -
Frederick Robert Taylor was born on November 3, 1933, in Samantha, Alabama, a suburb of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to the late Nathan and Frankie Taylor. He was the ninth child of ten.
As a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, he rendered faithful service: Deacon, Secretary of the Trinity Men, Nomination Committee, Male Chorus, Personnel Committee, Trinity Men Chaplain/Sunshine, Bylaws Committee and Sunday School. Fred was also a Life Member of the NAACP.
During his formative years, he attended Ebenezer Elementary School, Holly Springs Jr. High and Tuscaloosa County Training High School. His formal education included Stillman College, Tennessee State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and the University of New Mexico where he graduated with a Masters of Public Administration.
He was the Valedictorian of his class and entered Stillman College at the age of 16. He demonstrated early leadership capabilities as a teacher of his youth Sunday School class and assistant Sunday School superintendent at the age of 14. He was president of his Freshman and Sophomore classes at Stillman College and was elected student government president in his junior year which was interrupted by the military draft.
Fred was recruited by and accepted employment at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He performed research, development and application of advanced technologies for missiles and airplanes, some of them are currently flying today. His research and engineering achievements are exemplified by his writing, publishing and presenting over 15 technical reports and papers, most notably being a paper presented in Paris, France to the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Advisory Group on Advanced Research. He also requested and served a tour in Vietnam and Thailand as a member of a Special Civilian Combat Technology Team during the South East Asia (SEA) Conflict in the 1960's. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his dedication and achievements.
During Fred's final 16 years in the Research Laboratories, his achievements included increasing supervisory and management leadership responsibilities up to and including Engineering Division Chief. He was also a member of the Laboratory Corporate Board (decision making) wherein he availed himself to recruit Historical Black Colleges, mentor and promote young Black and other minorities. He retired after 36 years as a Civilian Aerospace Engineer, with 4 years in the U.S. Air Force for a total of 40 years of governmental service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Willie Otis Taylor, John Dee Taylor, Ernest K. Taylor, three sisters: Cleo McGhee, Elnoris Crummie and Frankie Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara Bernice and daughter Valerie Taylor; one brother, Orrie (Angeles) Taylor, Oceanside, California; two sisters Inez Mclntosh, Oceanside, California and Annette Pritchett, Chicago, Illinois; many nieces , nephews, relatives, friends and a loving church family.
Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3211 Lakeview Ave. Dayton, Ohio. Pastor Ronald P. Lawrence officiating. Visitation 10:00 – 11:00 am. Interment Woodland Cemetery.