Arthur Taylor
1935 - 2015
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Arthur R. Taylor, 80, former President of CBS Inc. and 10th President of Muhlenberg College died Thursday, December 3, 2015 with his loving wife Kathryn and his beloved daughter Annie by his side at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. A resident of Salisbury Township and Salisbury, CT, Arthur was born July 6, 1935 in Elizabeth, NJ. He was the son of the late Arthur Earl and Marion (Scott) Taylor. A native of Rahway, NJ a former paper boy and hardware store clerk in his teens, and an accomplished musician whose proudest early achievement was earning the first chair position playing clarinet for the New Jersey All-State Orchestra. He graduated from Rahway High School where he kept close contact and friendships with his classmates all his life. Taylor went on to earn a full scholarship and was a Magna Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Brown University, where he also received his Masters Degree and later served as a Trustee. Taylor began his business career with the First Boston Corporation. He went onto become Vice President of Finance, Executive Vice President and a Director of International Paper Company. Taylor was one of a group of young fast-rising executives known as the "Whiz Kids," when at age 36 he was named President and a Director of CBS Inc. where he was responsible for the operations of the entire company including the CBS Television Network, CBS News and the New York Yankees. Taylor was recognized at CBS for his efforts in promoting "family viewing" and encouraging broadcasters to take responsibility for the impact of their programming, especially on children. After five years with CBS he, with former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller and George Woods, retired chairman of The World Bank, formed an investment firm, the Sarabam Corporation which focused on the Middle East. Upon the death of his colleagues, Taylor went on to establish Arthur Taylor and Company a private investment company. Arthur Taylor was founding Chairman and President of cable television's Entertainment Channel (now the Arts and Entertainment Network - A&E), which gave life, at that time to his belief, that if you offer quality television to the American people, they will view it. It is now owned by The Hearst Corporation and Disney - ABC. Taylor was also the Founding President of the formidable New York City Partnership with David Rockefeller the Chairman, which merged the New York City Chamber of Commerce with the New York Economic Development Council, to maintain New York City's position as the global center of commerce, culture, and innovation. In 1985, Fordham University named him Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration and Dean of the Faculty of Business. In his seven years at Fordham, he transformed the young graduate school into a nationally recognized center for training the business leaders of tomorrow and more than doubled the school's enrollment. Fordham subsequently awarded him an Honorary Doctorate. Taylor then served as president of Muhlenberg College for a decade (1992-2002), during which time Muhlenberg tripled its endowment, halved its debt, and saw a significant rise in admissions. At Muhlenberg he also held the faculty rank of Distinguished Professor of History and was a Career Counselor for the graduating classes. President Taylor's era at Muhlenberg was distinguished by his focus on students. The "Caring College of Character" best describes his vision for the college and its students. In 1999, he was one of 50 college and university presidents recognized for outstanding leadership in the field of student character development in "The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development." During his tenure, Muhlenberg's popularity among applicants and its prominence as a fine Liberal Arts College grew substantially. Taylor served on the boards of global corporations: Toshiba, The Nomura Funds, Eastern Airlines, Pitney Bowes, The First Boston Corporation, The Travelers, Swiss Reinsurance Company, IDS, Louisiana Land and Exploration, the Princeton Review and many others. In addition, he held government advisory positions on foreign policy under Presidents Nixon and Carter and was a member of the boards of New York Hospital, the Joffrey Ballet, Hahnemann University, Bucknell University, the Kiski School, the American Assembly at Columbia University (Chairman), the Center for Inter-American Relations. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bildeburg Society, the Trilateral Commission, and the Japan Society; He received numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees, including those from Bucknell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Simmons College and DeSales University. In 1974 while President of CBS Inc. Taylor was quoted saying, "My greatest satisfaction to date has been the development of human relationships. Concern for individuals and their accomplishments is very important to me, and I take great pride in the achievements of those with whom I have worked." Those who knew Arthur knew he continued to live this way till the day he died. Throughout his career and after retiring from Muhlenberg he continued mentoring young people. His students from Muhlenberg regularly sought his advice as did numerous people with whom he worked and lived. At Muhlenberg he and his wife Kathryn were known for their willingness to embrace students and accept them into their lives - their open door policy was well known. Students still say of Arthur - "he was a great hugger!" Arthur was incredibly proud of his family. His three daughters and their achievements were everything to him. His four grandchildren meant the world to him and they felt the same - not a day went by that he did not speak to at least one of his grandchildren. In addition to his family, he adopted hundreds of surrogate sons, daughters, nieces and nephews who depended on his love and guidance. He was known as "Uncle Arthur" to many. He loved people. When he walked into a room, he commanded it. He always said lunch is the most important event of the day and would frequently go to his "club" Ringers Roost "where everybody knew his name". Don Ringer, the owner, placed a brass plaque at Arthur's seat 12 years ago which reads - "Arthur Taylor - Muhlenberg College President 1992-2002 - This is the seat where Arthur sits, A True Scholar and Gentleman (Lord knows there are so few left)". Survivors: Arthur is survived by the love of his life, his wife Kathryn Pelgrift Taylor from whom he never wanted to be apart. His daughters Martha Taylor Josephson and her husband Jon Carter, Anne Taylor Madden and her husband Sean, and Sarah Taylor Rountree and her husband John. His four beloved grandchildren David Arthur Josephson, Zoe Taylor Josephson, John Taylor Madden and Brody McFarland Rountree and his sister Marilyn Taylor Rocks. His brothers and sisters in-law Robert Y. Pelgrift Jr. (Susan), Elizabeth P. Boak (Jeffrey), Anne P. Crawford (Gregory), James D. Pelgrift (Sara), Nancy P. Kocian (Matt), Christopher Y. Pelgrift and 15 nieces and nephews for whom he cared greatly. Services: A memorial service will be held 2:00PM Friday, December 18, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown. Arrangements by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown, Contributions: The family asks in lieu of flowers that contributions be made in Arthur's memory to Lehigh Valley Health Network which took such great and caring care of him for many years, Development Department, 2100 Mack Blvd., 6th Floor, Allentown, PA 18105 or The Kiski School where Arthur was a Trustee and deeply involved in mentoring the young students, Advancement Office, 1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681.

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Published in Morning Call on Dec. 7, 2015.
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April 23, 2020
He was my friend and neighbor and I have always loved him. Misunderstood by many, his heart was all good.
Patricia Hunt
November 19, 2016
My condolences to Mr. Art Taylor's family. I am Leroy Cunningham Sr daughter Miss Montrell T Cunningham. My dad passed February 2014. He called Art his "brother".
Leroy was a contractor that did any job necessary to keep business booming. Art always fed my dad great food, which made him happy.
I am writing to let you know that Art was loved by my dad, Leroy Cunningham.
May both of them rest in peace.
Miss Montrell Ohio
January 3, 2016
My thoughts are with Kathryn and the Taylor family. I learned so much from Arthur and still impart his advice (with attribution). He'd encourage students to "make the sale" in interviews--how true. On my last day at Muhlenberg, he invited me into his office and opened a bottle of champagne, which we finished off. I will always remember him fondly.
Phyllis Brust
December 30, 2015
To the Taylor Family:

I am so sad to learn of Dean Taylor's passing. I extend to you my deepest condolences.

I went to business school at Fordham and was a graduate assistant. I worked with Dean Taylor and we had a close and great relationship that continued during his tenure as President of Muhlenberg College.

It is said that the death of any good person diminishes us all. That is especially true of great people. We are greatly diminished by Arthur's passing because he and his life have enriched us so much.

What I learned from Arthur extends way beyond business, Wall Street and capitalism. Most importantly, I learned to endeavor to become the best human being I could be because that will enable me to have the greatest positive impact on others.

He led by example and was (and continues to be) a great inspiration to me in many ways. For example, he provided real and continuous support when we were establishing the Fordham GBA Minority Business Student Alliance. He did so many wonderful things for me and all of my fellow GBA students.

A true Renaissance man. An honorable, compassionate and successful man by every measure of the word.

But yet, a common man with uncommon qualities. I am so proud to have known him and learned from him. What more can one ask from anyone?

Now he belongs to the ages.
Rest in Peace and Thank You

Garry Brown - Fordham GBA 1988
Garry Brown
December 16, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 13, 2015
Everyone knows that Arthur was a brilliant and creative man, but I wonder how many realize how funny he could be.

Every six months or so, Arthur would take Greg Butz and me to lunch and regale us with stories so hilarious that, for the rest of the day, my cheeks hurt from laughing so much.

Most importantly, Arthur was a loyal and true friend. There's no better measure of a man.
Lee Butz
December 12, 2015
Kathryn, may Arthur's memory always serve as a blessing to you and your family.
Jeffrey Rudski
December 11, 2015
Arthur will forever hold a place in our hearts
It was our joy and privilege to serve on the Parents' Council of Muhlenburg College with Arthur and Kathryn
One evening early on in our son Mark's freshman year he called us to excitedly relate his visit to Arthur and Kathryn's home
He very much missed our Golden Retriever while away at college
When Arthur heard that he invited Mark to come to their home any time to play with their 2 Goldens
That was the beginning of a 4 year relationship that brought Mark much joy, support and love
One of our most fond memories was the evening we arrived ar Arthur and Kathryn's for dinner. We were immediately greeted by Ezra, the rescue Golden who promptly peed on Rick's slacks and shoes.
We will be forever grateful to Arthur for going above and beyond to champion Mark during his application process to Penn Dental
Godspeed, my friend, and keep God in line!
With much love to Kathryn and family
Rick and Carol Koup
Class of 1999 parents
rick and carol koup
December 10, 2015
You are missed already, and were one of the stars in my life.
Suzan Couch
December 8, 2015

My deepest condolence to all Arthur Taylor family and friends.

President Arthur Taylor was an wonderful influence to the students of Muhlenberg College and our entire Lehigh Valley community. in 1995 he challenged me by saying that if I organize a Latin American festival at Muhlenberg College, he would pay for it.

It took members of the Latin Alliance Board of Directors and me about 3 or 4 months to do it, but we had our first Latin Alliance Festival at the grounds of MC and President Taylor not only completely funded it, but he also surprised me and everyone else by offering 5 full scholarships to the Wesco School Muhlenberg to be awarded to 5 worthy Latin American student that couldn't afford to pay for the tuition. a number of Latin American students became recipients of those scholarships. What a man!!!

Two years after that he and I had a small disagreement, and I convinced my board to move the festival to Allentown Cedar Beach Park. Months later I got a call from President Taylor asking me to go to his house for dinner that he wanted to speak with me and continue our friendship. I accepted and we said a prayer together. He asked me to be a member of a the Friends of MC and we stay friends from there on. In the last decade, we didn't see each other that often, but I always remember Arthur Taylor as a wonderful classy and Godly man and I had the upmost respect for him. May he rest in peace in the presence of our Lord.
Julio Guridy
December 7, 2015
Wonderful leader at Muhlenberg College.
Our daughter, Galen, was a student there 1999-2003.
Best experience for her and us, her parents.
He played a huge part in her decision to attend the school.
Janice Mooney
December 7, 2015

Dear Kathryn and family

Steve and I send our condolences and know
that in your deep grief you will recall great memories of Arthur that will comfort you. You will see him again in your dreams, and that will sustain you. Arthur was an incredible man, charming and so intelligent. We shared a love of Chinese poetry and enjoyed all the family
reunions we shared with you and him.
We send along our prayers and know he is
in heaven with our son. Love you.

Joan & Steve Calascione
Woodbury, New York
December 7, 2015
Dear Kathryn,
I'm thinking of you at this time. Arthur meant a lot to me during that "Muhlenberg" period of time in my life. He reached out to me, believed in me, and offered me a great opportunity for me to serve as Chaplain to the college. I will forever be grateful for his (and your) presence in my life. Please know that you are in my prayers at this time.
Don King
Don King
December 7, 2015
Matt and I are thinking of you every minute, as you adjust to the enormous impact of Arthur's passing. It's impossible to count the ways he affected so many people. Lizzy wouldn't exist if Arthur hadn't gotten me my first job with Hank Greenburg. We love you so much.
Nancy Kocian
December 7, 2015
Our sincerest sympathies to the family. Arthur was a superstar. It was an honor and a privilege to know him. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him.
Joe and Sara Swanson
December 7, 2015
I remember having a conversation with Arthur my freshman year at Muhlenberg about my interest in working in television, eventually getting to the network level... He looked directly into my eyes and said, "Lindsay, you could know every little bit about your industry, be the smartest person in the control room - but it's all about happenstance. Work and study hard, but network even harder."

As it would turn out, my 2nd job in television came from my networking on a NJ Transit train after I finished working with a tv & film organization. Unbeknownst to me at the time I started talking with a producer from 60 Minutes, who also wrote for The NFL Today on the weekends. An hour later, we exchanged information, my resume was in his hands. A few months later I started working at CBS SPORTS. All I could think about on my first day, walking into the doors of the CBS building was, "Arthur was right. And thank goodness I stopped to sit where I sat that summer day."

Thank you Arthur for inspiring me at the young age of 19. And for still inspiring me today at 35. You'll be missed. Kathyrn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Lindsay Goward
December 7, 2015
Kathryn, Heidi and I send our deepest sympathy. We have so many memories because of Arthur and you. You both have been a part of our lives for a very long time. We wish you the best in your time of sorrow.

Sincerely: Heidi and Jim
James E. Morgan
December 7, 2015
Dear Kathryn and Family,

I am truly saddened by the passing of Arthur Taylor, a genuinely nice man who knew everyone's name. As a Muhlenberg College employee, I recall returning to work after a 6 year hiatus raising my children, and upon encountering Arthur walking down the hall, I was greeted with a jovial, "Welcome back Christine!" During his tenor at Muhlenberg, the president's home was open to all on campus. Arthur began Muhlenberg's family holiday party, which included ALL employees and their families. Consequently it is quite fitting, and not surprising, that Muhlenberg became known as the Caring College, during his era. Indeed!

God Bless.
Christine Bartholomew
December 7, 2015
May all the wonderful memories you have sustain you during this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Gina Jones
December 7, 2015
Arthur was a great man and true gentleman. He and Kathryn made a great impact upon my life while at Muhlenberg College. My sincerest sympathies to Kathryn and family.
Dolores Nash
December 7, 2015
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December 7, 2015
My condolences.

Tom Boyce
Young's Medical
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