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Taylor, Rainey
Rainey S. Taylor, Jr., died August 22, 2017 at the age of 93. He was born in Middletown, NY, son of Rainey Startup and Irene Jordan Taylor and was a loving, compassionate and giving son/husband/father/ brother/son-in-law/ brother-in-law, friend and an extraordinary history teacher. Dad was accepted into Harvard Law School following in his father's footsteps to become a lawyer. Dad knew his passion was to teach history so he passed on law school and attended Columbia University Teachers' College graduating with a master's degree in history. His first teaching position was at the all-male, Morristown School (now Morristown-Beard), in Morristown, NJ. From there the family moved to Columbus, Ohio where Dad taught at the Columbus Academy then on Nelson Road. He never regretted his decision to teach and dedicated his career to his students, helping them not just learn but understand history. After 31 years at the Columbus Academy, he retired. Teaching was his passion and his legacy will continue through the Rainey S. Taylor, Jr. History Chair at the Columbus Academy. Dad wanted the funds from his chair to benefit and enrich the life of current and future history teachers at the Columbus Academy. Rainey graduated from Lawrenceville School, Princeton University, and Columbia University Teachers College. During World War II he served in the Army in Europe. Rainey was predeceased by his wife Mary E. Van Keuren Taylor, and is survived by his daughters, Anne Caldwell Taylor of Somerset, NJ, Mary Ten Eyck Taylor of Bexley, OH and Susan Jordan Taylor of Rumford, RI; his sister, Mary Taylor Sherpick (Bill); sister-in-law, Marjorie V. K. Winter (John) of Wichita, KS; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and -nephews and dear friends. At his request, there will be no funeral service, only a family gathering at the interment in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery in Middletown, NY. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made in his memory to Rainey S. Taylor, Jr. History Chair at the Columbus, Academy, 4300 Cherrybottom Road, Gahanna, OH 43230. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2017
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