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F. Jay Taylor

Historian + Politician + Writer
Male
Born Aug 9, 1923
Hometown Gibsland, Louisiana
Died May 15, 2011
Death Place Louisiana

Foster Jay Taylor, known as F. Jay Taylor, was a historian who served from 1962 to 1987 as the president of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston in Lincoln Parish in north Louisiana. Taylor wrote books on the American and the Spanish Civil Wars.

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CHILDHOOD

1923 Birth Born on August 9, 1923.

TEENAGE

1940 16 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated from Gibsland High School there in 1940.
1941 17 Years Old Claybrook Cottingham, R. L. Ropp's predecessor as the Louisiana Tech president, also had previous ties to Louisiana College, where he was the second president of the institution, having served from 1910 to 1941, before he came to Louisiana Tech. … Read More
1942 18 Years Old In May 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy.
1943 19 Years Old He completed aviation training in 1943 and was commissioned as an ensign. … Read More

TWENTIES

1946 22 Years Old He was honorably discharged from military service in 1946.
1948 24 Years Old Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in social science in 1948 from the University of California at Berkeley.
1949 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949, he obtained a Master of Arts from Claremont Graduate University, also in California. … Read More
1952 28 Years Old He procured his Ph.D. in history and government in 1952 from Tulane University in New Orleans. … Read More

THIRTIES

1958 34 Years Old Taylor's tenure at Louisiana Tech corresponded in part with that of George T. Walker, a former Northwestern State University dean and the president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 1958 to 1976. … Read More

FORTIES

1966 42 Years Old Meanwhile, Arnold R. Kilpatrick from 1966 to 1978 was the president of NSU, a Louisiana Tech sports rival. … Read More

FIFTIES

1979 55 Years Old …  The program began with a $5,000 appropriation, reached the Final Four in 1979, and won the national championship in 1981. … Read More
1980 56 Years Old He was a visible president who spoke before educational and civic groups across the state. Prior to 1980, his vice president was Virgil Orr, a former chemical engineering professor and dean, who served from 1988 to 1992 as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Lincoln and Union parishes.
1981 57 Years Old In 1981, Taylor told a civic club in Minden that Louisiana Tech was "no longer a college in the piney woods" and cited a list of accomplishments, including the enrollment at the time of a thousand graduate students.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1987 63 Years Old Taylor announced on January 6, 1987 that he would step down from the Tech presidency effective June 30 of that year. … Read More
2003 79 Years Old In a 2003 interview with the Monroe News Star, Taylor described his goal as having helped "to bring Louisiana Tech onto the national and international scene."
2007 83 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2007, Taylor donated his Civil War artifacts, including the Robert Patrick materials, to the Tech Department of Special Collections, Manuscripts and Archives, a move that Taylor described as "saying goodbye to an old friend." … Read More
2011 88 Years Old Died on May 15, 2011.
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