JAMES M. TAYLOR Sr.

TAYLOR JAMES MARLIN TAYLOR, SR. (Age 79) James M. Taylor, Sr. of Austin, Texas, died August 27, 2013. Mr. Taylor is survived by Shelly Taylor and daughter, Virginia Scott, both of Austin; son, James Jr. of Washington, DC; five grandchildren, brother Jack of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania and sister Cheryl Desmond of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Born in Pottsville, PA, on May 15, 1934, to John W. and Mary Taylor, Mr. Taylor graduated as valedictorian of Pottsville High School in 1952, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with distinction in 1956, and earned a Master in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science in Naval Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961. A Cold War warrior who later turned to keeping the U.S. nuclear industry safe, Mr. Taylor served under Admiral Rickover for more than 25 years in the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense, focusing on the development and construction of nuclear-powered attack submarines, including serving as project manager of the Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Submarine Program from 1974 to 1980. Following the incident at the Three Mile Island reactor, Mr. Taylor joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1980, ultimately serving as both Executive Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Taylor instilled in his staff the importance of focus, vigilance, and safety in all aspects of regulatory oversight. During his tenure, he significantly improved U.S. nuclear power plant safety, receiving four citations for meritorious and distinguished service from former Presidents Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, and Clinton. In addition to his track record of safety, Mr. Taylor improved opportunities for all agency employees, implementing child care and fitness centers, a health care facility, alternative work schedules, and employee assistance programs. He accomplished all these improvements while significantly reducing the agency's budget and he was recognized with awards from both the Office of Personnel Management and the organization Blacks in Government. Mr. Taylor led the first U.S. delegation to visit the Chernobyl disaster site in 1988, building critical cooperation with the Soviet successor republics of Russia and Ukraine and later served on the advisory commission on safety standards at the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mr. Taylor worked with various U.S. agencies to ensure that the victims of Chernobyl received medicine to treat radiation exposure and assisted his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts in the development of appropriate standards to ensure safety going forward. His work built trust and lifelong friendships with former Cold War enemies. Mr. Taylor will be fondly remembered as a force for honor, integrity, and decency, and, on a personal level, as a loyal friend and loving father who always put family first. Funeral services and interment with Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC, at a later date. When that date is known, it will be posted at bit.ly/1drqGSC. Mr. Taylor died from Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD). FTD is a disease that causes atrophy of the brain and a gradual, progressive loss of brain function. Although not well known, FTD represents an estimated 10%-20% of all dementia cases and is recognized as one of the most common dementias affecting a younger population. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Mr. Taylor's name be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at bit.ly/1drqGSC.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Mr. Taylor's name be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at bit.ly/1drqGSC.

Published by The Washington Post on Sep. 1, 2013.
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Will not forget you.
August 26, 2019
It was a great privilege and honor to be Mr.James M. Taylor's
caregiver.
Fay de Guzman
July 26, 2014
In my nearly 50 years as a nuclear safety professional, I cannot recall any person that I admired more. Jim was a demanding, fair, and inspiring professional. In spite of his challenging positions, he was a caring, supportive person. Throughout his life, Jim kept his eye on the ball.

Sailor, rest your oars.
Charley Haughney
September 19, 2013
The staff at CPA Secure Aging all extend their gratitude for the opportunity to know Mr. Taylor. We were honored to serve him and send our condolences to his family.

Reba Rogers and Cynthia Palmieri
September 9, 2013
I had the honor and privilege of working with Jim Taylor throughout his career at the NRC. I witnessed firsthand Jim's integrity and enthusiasm and dedication to nuclear safety. The hundreds of inspectors and staffers at the NRC who have been instilled with his safety perspective are his legacy. The nuclear industry and the public are better off because of Jim's demanding safety standards.
Jim Lieberman
September 5, 2013
Jim was alwqays a great friend to everyone he knew, in addition to all his incomparable achievements. My earliest memories of him are from seventh grade, and eighth, when he and Walt Thomas and I used to get together at one another's homes to do homework together. - My sincerest condolences to his family. Fritz V.
Fritz VonderHeiden
September 4, 2013
Friends from the early 1960's send their condolences. We remember the beautiful house in Georgetown and the wonderful parties and friends. We also remember stories about Jim and Admiral Rickover. Peggy and Bob "[email protected]"
Bob & Peggy Blum
September 4, 2013
DEAR Family and Friends
We offer our sincere condolence for your and our country great loss.I consider it a great honor to have attended P.H.S The same time period that so many other great men and women that carried the torch for our great generation.
GOD BLESS AND GIVE YOU PEACE
Garnett& Nancy Creger
Garnett Creger
September 4, 2013
As a fellow member of the PHS Class of 1952, I witnessed Jim's academic excellence as well as contributions to school activities (choir, football, etc). Jim certainly continued these traits throughout his entire life. I consider it a privilege to have known a man of such excellence and achievements and extend my sincere sympathy to the family.
Lamar Wagner
September 4, 2013
Jim and I were fellow classmates from the same coal-minig area of northeast PA. We spent many hours traveling together back and forth from USNA to home. Leo Keorkenmeier, Jim and I spent two wonderful weeks in Germany during our Youngster summer, traveling space available - and with not much money! I knew Jim's family well, and know that they were extremely proud of thier son. Jim was a Rhodes scholar, served on Admiral Rickover's staff and was a great husband and father. He will be remembered by me as a very close friend and fellow classmate. He is now at peace and free to travel with the wind. Ben George, USNA Class of 1956, 19th Company
September 3, 2013
JIMMY AND I WERE NEIGHBORS AND GOOD FRIENDS BEGINNING IN 1ST GRADE THRU HIGH SCHOOL. HE WAS THE VERY BEST AT EVERYTHING HE DID AND I LOVED AND ADMIRED HIM. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY.
BARBARA HAAG
September 3, 2013
Mr. Taylor leaves a strong legacy of his intelligence and honor that shines through the eyes of his grandchildren. We are so sorry for your family's loss.
Celeste & Martin Hubert
September 3, 2013
We were fortunate to have Jim in our lives.
Jackie & Jack Dougherty
September 3, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to a great fellow classmate-John and Shirley Kline
September 3, 2013
What a great, great person, spiritually, intellectually. Peace!
Jim Shaneman
September 3, 2013
I had the opportunity to work on Mr. Taylor's staff for about 3 of my 36 years at the NRC and considered it an honor to work for such an outstanding, dedicated Civil servant and gentleman. He set an example that everyone in the government should follow. My condolences to the family.
Brent Clayton
September 3, 2013
Jim and I were very close friends, coming from the same Pottsville PA area. Jim showed his academic and leadership qualities in many ways,and I will remember him for the good times we had together too, such as flying space available to Germany with Leo Koerkenmier during our Youngster summer. Jim's initials are probsbly still visible on a table in that popular beerstube in Heidelberg. Jim had a full and satisfying life, and we will remembr him as an outstanding midshipman, Navel officer and very close friend. Ben George, Jim's fellow coalcracker
September 2, 2013
Admiral - I bid you fair winds and following seas. Joel Schrank, USN
September 2, 2013
To a great classmate and team mate. Joe Motta
Joe Motta
September 2, 2013
Classmate and good friend
Robert M Keller
September 2, 2013
Many good memories of our four years on the Severn. Jim was a classmate and fellow member of the 12th Company. Fair winds and following seas.
Larry White
September 1, 2013
To a Fellow Classmate and a Fellow Brother Masonic member. My deepest sympathy to the entire Family.
Jerry B. Steinberger, Whitehall, Pa.
Gerald Steinberger
September 1, 2013
Jim was a good friend and professional aasociate from our work together on the Naval Academy yearbook to the refueling overhaul of USS SARGO (SSN 583). He leaves behind a legacy of unparelled professionalism and competence. He will be greatly missed.
Michael McBride
September 1, 2013
I will always remember Jim as my roommate aboard USS FORRRESTAL (CVA 59). Jim was always a person of honor and integrity. He was friendly with all and elicited great respect from the officers and men aboard FORRESTAL. He was a dedicated officer, always striving for excellence.
Christopher Stefanou
September 1, 2013
My sympathies on your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of a classmate, friend, and a real "straight shooter".
Ken Godstrey
September 1, 2013
My wonderful friend Jim, in the bosom of God's love. I will walk with you again in Paradise.
David Craley
September 1, 2013
As a classmate who kept encountering Jim Taylor in many intellectual activities at the Academy I treasure his memory, his occasional visits to me in New Orleans long ago, and his service to our country. Remember him telling of his occasion to ask Adm. Rickover for leave to get married. The Admiral asked where the bride was from. Jim said Florida. Rickover said, "Free citrus!" and Jim replied that her father was a doctor. The Admiral said that was even better, free babies. Fair weather and a following wind, Jim, until we meet again. Choppy (Louis Chopin Cusachs)
September 1, 2013
Jack, Skip and family, My deepest sympathy to you and yours. Many outstanding accomplishments in his lifetime from which many benefited.

Lynda Pollack-Schiffer
Lynda Pollack-Schiffer
September 1, 2013
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