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, www.jsburkholder.com
. 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.