The Reverend W. Taylor Stevenson died at home Feb. 27, 1996, after a brief illness. Taylor prepped at the Hill School, and after Princeton, he attended Episcopal Theological Seminary (bachelor's of divinity 1953), the U. of Edinburgh, and Durham U. in England (PhD in theology 1960). Taylor was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1953, and over the decades served parishes in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Scotland, England, Manitoba, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
From 1976 until he retired in 1995, Taylor was professor of philosophical theology at Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He was editor of the Anglican Theological Review for 12 years, beginning in 1971. He published two books: History as Myth (1969) and Soul and Money: A Theology of Wealth (1991).
Taylor's vocation as teacher, editor, priest, and theologian was fed by a wide range of sources including Samuel Johnson, military history, Jung, and the Wall St. Journal. He was a rose gardener and a wine connoisseur. Taylor was regularly voted the most popular professor in seminary. In his books, in his preaching, and in his classes for a generation of Episcopal clergy, Taylor strove to illumine God's word and presence in all of life's experiences. To Taylor's wife, Karen, and his children, the class extends its deepest sympathy, and celebrate a life well lived.
The Class of 1950