Frank Taylor, son of Dr. William Taylor, presents a check for $50,000 to Tim Dillingham,
Executive Director of the American Littoral Society.
Highlands, New Jersey -- The American Littoral Society has received a $50,000 bequest that will support coastal conservation policy and advocacy.
The bequest came from William Irving Taylor, a long-time Society member, in honor of his late wife Giuliana Taylor-Valsangiacomo.
Dr. Taylor was born in New Zealand and awarded his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Auckland. Throughout his career, which ended with International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), he authored 138 publications, a book, and served as co-editor of a series of books. An avid reader with a sharp mind, Dr. Taylor was happiest discussing chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics with anyone and everyone. He died last year at age 98.
Dr. Taylor’s three sons grew up in New Jersey and have fond memories of trips to Sandy Hook and other parks with their father. Frank Taylor, one of Dr. Taylor’s three sons and producer of the popular YouTube channel Nature at Your Door said, “It was my father’s guidance and walks with him that inspired me to have a lifelong career in biology education.”
William Taylor’s interest in science and nature inspired Frank and his two other sons John-Stephen and Mark to pursue careers in science, teaching, and engineering. John-Stephen is a Professor of Chemistry at Washington University and Mark is a Chemical Engineer with West Rock. He also inspired many of his grandchildren.
“We are quite honored to receive this gift and will use it to advance our efforts to ensure that the marine life and special places of our coast are protected, and that they remain available and accessible to inspire more lives towards conservation and science,” said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of American Littoral Society.