NORMAN — Dr. Floyd L. Taylor passed from this life on Oct. 24, 2013, at Norman Regional Hospital with his family by his side. He was born Nov. 16, 1927, to W.T. Taylor and Lucy Parsley Taylor of Vian, Okla.
Upon graduation from Vian High School in 1945, Floyd volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy at age 17. He then completed his B.S. degree from Northeastern State College, attained an M.S. degree from Oklahoma State University, attended advanced studies with Columbia University, New York, N.Y. and then completed his Ed.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma.
His professional career started as a business education teacher for several years at Webbers Falls High School, before being recruited by Continental Oil Company as administrator of sales in Ponca City, Okla. He moved back into the education field as Lewis Palmer School principal and then as superintendent of schools in Monument, Colo. This was followed as superintendent of schools for Platte Canyon Schools in Bailey, Colo. and furthered by his position as superintendent of schools in Lamont.
A move to Norman in 1963 allowed Floyd and his wife to complete their advanced degree programs while Floyd worked as director of purchasing with Oklahoma City Public Schools. In 1969, he then began his career with the University of Oklahoma as Institutional Development Programs director, and then OCCE Special Programs director until retirement in 1986.
During this time, he also represented the Oklahoma Leadership Institute for 11 years by teaching Dale Carnegie classes throughout the state of Oklahoma.
Floyd was preceded in death by daughter Terri Ann, his older brother L.D. and by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margarette, and also by his son Bill Taylor who resides in Dallas. He is also survived by his sister Billie and husband A.C. Elliott of Vian, one brother Don and wife Eva Taylor of Amarillo, Texas and a host of several nieces and nephews.
He arranged for his body to be willed for education and research to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
He loved his family, friends, cattle ranching in eastern Oklahoma and OU football — in that order. He will be greatly missed.
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