TAYLOR, Stephen Earle Age 70, died Monday, December 12 in Dallas as the result of a major stroke suffered three weeks earlier. Steve served as president of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, retiring in 2011 after suffering a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident. He underwent rigorous therapy and was a resident of Windsor Senior Living's memory care unit at the time of his passing. A native of Washington, D.C., he grew up in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. An avid golfer at Dallas' Prestonwood Country Club, he particularly looked forward to visiting Vermont each summer to enjoy golf outings with family and friends. Steve was a devoted fan of Pittsburgh's Pirates and Steelers, but once he moved to Texas, he called himself "a true Texan" and reveled as a Dallas Stars season ticket holder. His chamber of commerce management career began in 1974 at the Greater Tampa, FL Chamber of Commerce, with subsequent service with the metropolitan chambers in Hartford, CT and Houston. He joined the North Dallas Chamber as executive vice president in 1985 and was named president the following year. Prior to his chamber career, Steve served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1973. During this time, he served in the war in Southeast Asia as an air traffic controller and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for the rescue of several combat aircraft and aircrews. Steve graduated from Cornell University in 1968 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. Following his military service, he graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master of Business Administration. He was predeceased by his parents, Maurice and Flora Taylor, and his sister Maureen Taylor. He is survived by his brother David Taylor and nephew Matthew. He will be laid to rest in Clarendon, VT with his family members. Dallas friends will celebrate his life on Wednesday, January 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Road. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be made to the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 10707 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230.
Published by Dallas Morning News on Dec. 18, 2016.