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DIED OCT. 28, 2004

A memorial service for Theodore B. Taylor, a nuclear physicist who spent his later years opposing atomic energy, will be held Nov. 20 at a time to be announced in First Congregational Church, North Main Street.

Mr. Taylor died Oct. 28 in a nursing home in Silver Spring, Md. He was 79.

When he lived in West Clarksville and Wellsville, he lent his professional credentials to the fight in the 1980s to keep a nuclear waste dump out of Allegany County.

He was a graduate of California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University.

Mr. Taylor had worked as a nuclear scientist for the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, General Atomic Co. in LaJolla, Calif., the Defense Atomic Support Agency in Arlington, Va., International Research and Technology Corp. in Vienna and Washington, D.C.; Princeton University; the University of California at Santa Cruz; the Appropriate Solar Technology nonprofit organization; and NOVA Inc., and as a private consultant.

"In one of those ironic twists of fate, Ted had retired in Allegany County . . . In recent years he had been working to rid the world of nuclear weapons and had taken part in many international conferences on disarmament," wrote Thomas V. Peterson in his book "Linked Arms," about the battle to keep the waste dump out of the county.

Peterson was writing about Mr. Taylor's initial involvement in the fight, when he went to Albany with others from the county to meet with Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Cuomo told Mr. Taylor and the others at the meeting he was impressed by his message and that he would challenge the constitutionality of the law that ordered the states to handle the waste produced within their borders.

Much of that waste had been shipped to South Carolina for storage.

On the way back from that meeting, Mr. Taylor said he had come to oppose both atomic weapons and nuclear power plants.

Eventually, Cuomo and the state siting commission backed down, and Cuomo said he would ask the commission to consider requiring plants to store the waste on site, as Mr. Taylor had suggested earlier.

Survivors include two daughters, Clare Hastings of Washington and Kathy Robertson of Davis, Calif.; three sons, Chris of Colorado Springs, Robert of Rockville, Md., and Jeff of Brooklyn; two half brothers, John Barber of Irvine, Calif., and Ralph Thompson of Issaquah, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


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