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William J. Taylor, retired microbiologist, professor

Dec. 11, 1931 – June 25, 2015

William J. Taylor, a retired microbiologist and professor who lived in Buffalo for 50 years, died last Thursday in Chicago. He was 83.

Mr. Taylor grew up in Elizabeth, N.J., earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and developed his laboratory skills at Grand Island Biological Company. He shared his passion for the sciences as a professor at the University at Buffalo, Daemen College and other area schools.

Until Mr. Taylor moved in 2014, he lived on St. Catherine’s Court in a historic home built for Darwin Martin’s daughter. His hobbies included working with craftsmen to renovate and maintain it.

Each summer he opened his house to law enforcement staff for the Elmwood Arts Festival. His residence was the staging area for horses in the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Reserve Division.

His wife, the former Jacqueline Saab, died in 1997. She was a librarian at Nardin Academy. After her death, he started a scholarship fund in her honor. Since then, alumni, relatives and friends continue to contribute and pay for the education of a student.

Survivors include a sister, Elisabeth Claypoole; four daughters, Elizabeth Carson, Catherine and Patricia Taylor and Susan Gemme; and a son, William.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Louis Catholic Church, 780 Main St.

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