Robert Theodore Taylor (Bob) passed away on June 15, 2012, at his home. His family was by his side during his final days; they were the focus and happiness of his life.
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Bob was born and raised in Providence, R.I., and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Bob served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic. After the Navy, he began his career as an aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became NASA.
He was known for his contributions to NASA's X-15 program, NASA's B-737 Flying Laboratory, Boeing's SST and 737 programs, his work with NASA's high speed 7x10 wind tunnel, many subsonic and supersonic programs of the Navy and Air Force, as well as to understanding the deep stall phenomenon. Bob was honored with a personal note from Neil Armstrong and was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame for his innovations with parawings and hanggliders.
Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Mackey Taylor; their daughter, Kathryn Taylor and her husband, Robert Brown; sons. Robert T. Taylor Jr. and his wife, Bobbie Jo, Patrick Taylor and his wife, Maria, Matthew Taylor and his wife, Reyna, William Taylor, Daniel Taylor; and three granddaughters, Madeline Brown, Amelia Taylor, and Olivia Taylor.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at St. Joseph's Church. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Joseph's food pantry. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from June 17 to June 18, 2012