Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 9, 2017
JOHN TAYLOR Jr.
TAYLOR JOHN WILLIAM TAYLOR, JR. John William Taylor, Jr.,
86, a resident of Mayo, MD passed away peacefully on October
28, 2017 at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Pasadena, MD.
He was born on April 19, 1931 in Washington, DC and
graduated with honors from St. Anthony's High school (50).
John was employed with the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC,
Served in the Army in Europe as a Cartographer, Studied Art at the Corcoran School of Art,
worked as an Editor/Artist with The Maryland Conservationist. Commissioned by the National
Geographic Society and the National Wildlife Foundation led to his self-employment of the
last several decades as a wildlife artist. He authored two books published by Johns Hopkins
Press entitled, Birds of the Chesapeake and Chesapeake Spring. He designed Maryland's
first deer and trout stamps and was selected as the artist for Maryland's first Waterfowl
Stamp in 1974. He won the Duck Stamp contest in 1979 and was selected in 1984 as the
winner of the Florida Duck Stamp contest. His life and work were documented on Maryland
Public Television's, Maryland Outdoors. His later years were spent painting in his studio
working primarily with oils. He is known for painting birds, landscapes and marshscapes,
often with a wildlife motif.
He loved everything nature, baseball, playing old time music on his banjo and especially,
birds. John loved to watch nature and wrote extensively about his experiences. His love affair
with birds started in the fourth grade and never wavered. His skill as an artist led to numerous
awards. His humorous charm and love for nature was always evident. He always had time to
introduce someone to birds or entertain them with some banjo pickin'.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Anne Wilson and his brother, Michael
Burke Taylor, Sr.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary Theberge of Defuniak Springs, FL and Grace Jean Taylor
of Appomattox, VA; and he had 8 nephews and nieces.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate John's life on November 14, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m.
at Jug Bay Wetlands Center, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests a contribution to Friends of Jug Bay:
Or: Anne Arundel Bird Club, 5110 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-2406 Anne Arundel
Bird Club, 5110 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-2406