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Thomas Taylor

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Thomas Roy Taylor

January 20, 1946 - October 23, 2018

Tom passed away peacefully at age 72 at home in San Francisco. Born in Toledo, Ohio to Dominic and Isabel (Safian) Taylor, Tom was proud of his 100% Polish heritage (the original family name was Krawiec, which translates to tailor in English). He attended local schools in Toledo, graduating from Woodward High where he participated in many sporting activities. While taking a break from his studies at the University of Toledo to travel to Germany, France, and the Netherlands, he was drafted into the US Army at the height of the Vietnam War. Tom was opposed to the war but the draft board didn't care about how he felt.
After completing basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and then Airborne Infantry training at Fort Polk Louisiana (a.k.a "Tigerland"), Tom served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division, 2nd/327th Airborne Infantry, Delta Company (motto: No Slack) from August 1968-August 1969.
While in Vietnam he always enjoyed the care packages and emotional support that his mother and sister Caroline sent. Also critical to him was the camaraderie of his fellow Screaming Eagles.
While on patrol in the 10th month of service, he was wounded in combat and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Other awards included the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, and a Meritorious Unit Citation.
After military discharge, Tom decompressed from wartime, serving as Shore Excursion Manager in the Caribbean aboard the M.S. Southward for Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Taking advantage of the G.I. Bill, Tom went on to complete his BA in Psychology at the University of Memphis, and MA in Psychology at the University of Akron.
Tom came west in 1976 to San Mateo, CA to join his sister Caroline and her family. He found employment with the University of California, Berkeley in the HR department, while simultaneously completing his Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certifications.
While at UC, Tom met the love of his life, Carol, and they married in 1980. Tom and Carol took advantage of San Francisco's reputation for fine dining and its proximity to the wine country where they enrolled in many wine clubs. They attended the Mondavi Summer Music series for many years, where they listened with pleasure to Sarah Vaughn, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Etta James, and others too numerous to list.
They loved trips to California's romantic vacation spots such as Yosemite, the redwood forests, the Monterey peninsula and the Central Coast, especially Paso Robles. They made many trips outside of California as well, to France, Italy, England, Scotland, Athens and the Greek Islands, Egypt, Turkey, Belize and Hawaii. Tom and Carol also looked forward to visiting Tom's friends in Toledo, and hosting friends and family at their Victorian home, where Tom would display his amazing cooking skills. He loved gardening and appreciated that the sun actually shone in his San Francisco neighborhood.
Supporters of the arts, Tom and Carol had memberships with the San Francisco Ballet, SF Symphony, SFJazz Center, and SFMOMA.
Everyone enjoyed Tom's wry sense of humor, which sometimes got him in trouble when people would think he was being factual.
Tom was an avid runner and enjoyed tennis, basketball, cycling, and golf, as well as attending University of California and Stanford football games with family.
After leaving his position at University of California Berkeley in the 1980's, Tom worked in the Compensation Management field for Lockheed Missiles and Space, Digital Island, Exodus, Barclays Global Investors, California State Automobile Association, Blue Shield of California, and, returning to the UC system, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was a longstanding member of the Bay Area Compensation Association (BACA) Steering Committee.

Looking toward consulting in his area of compensation, and teaching at the college level, Tom earned his EdD from the University of San Francisco in 1997.
Retiring from University of California, Tom turned to private consulting for a number of top-level organizations, and more recently served as an adjunct professor in the Human Resources program at Golden Gate University.
In 2010 Tom was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer linked to his exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange in Vietnam. While being treated at Kaiser, Tom was enrolled in a number of clinical trials in partnership with UCSF, while continuing an active lifestyle until cancer took its toll.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Carol, his sister Caroline (Taylor) Brownstone, brother-in-law Louis Brownstone III, nephews John Henry Fullen (Xiaolan) and Louis Brownstone IV, niece Stephanie Fullen-Safian and daughter Coralie Safian, and great-nephew Porter Dominick Schmidt. He is predeceased by niece Kimberly Anne Brownstone.
Carol would like to sincerely thank the caring people at Kaiser San Francisco, especially those at the Infusion Center, Oncology department, Palliative Care, and Home Hospice. She also greatly thanks the caregivers from Home Instead and Honor, and the staff of the Neptune Society.
A memorial celebration followed by a reception will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the San Francisco Columbarium, One Loraine Court, San Francisco, CA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Thomas Roy Taylor to: Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, California 90401 https://www.pcf.org/

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 4 to Nov. 18, 2018
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