Amherst Magazine

Marc J. Taylor ’58

Marc Taylor in 1958Marc Taylor died on June 5, 2012, after a brief illness. Marc earned the love and respect of everyone whose paths he crossed. His basic intelligence was at the top of human ability; he excelled at everything he attempted, and he accomplished much. He devoted his vast abilities to thousands of individuals, one at a time, as a physician; and to everyone, as a national environmental leader.

Marc enjoyed a loving marriage with his wife, Jan, and he was a model father to Ann Vileisis, Regina Kresll, to their husbands and to their grandchildren, Hayden, Eric and Liesl.

Marc Taylor - 1958Marc loved Amherst and graduated summa cum laude, majoring in psychology. After medical school at Columbia University, Marc completed his internship, residency and post-doctoral fellowship at Yale, where he also served as clinical associate professor.

Marc Taylor in July 2005In 1971, Marc established a medical partnership in the central Connecticut town of Southbury, where he served the needs of thousands of people over many years. Marc was a superb physician. He had a bedside manner which radiated his empathy for his patients, and he was regularly voted by his peers to be one of the best doctors in Connecticut.

Marc Taylor in September 2005In 1997, Marc turned his attention to clean water and river conservation. He founded an organization to promote the cleanliness of the Pomperaug River, along which he lived, and he quickly became a national expert. He was awarded numerous honors for his tireless work protecting rivers and was elected chairman of the River Network, a national organization devoted to rivers and watershed protection.

Marc was a quiet, kind and generous person. Everyone liked and respected him, and upon his death, flags on all town buildings in Southbury were flown at half-staff to honor his life and his accomplishments.

Martin R. Gold ’58

Comments

I would like to add two paragraphs from Mark Taylor's writeup in our 50th reunion classbook, which deserve to be part of his legacy and remmbrance.

"The large environmental concerns of our time, particularly relating to rivers and watersheds, the conservation of energy through intelligent distribution and disposal of water and the intersection of environment and human health, have become consuming passions. Although most of my time is spent in hearings and meetings rather than in the field, I intend to continue this work until I’m unable to paddle a raft or get into a canoe. Wood sculpture will have to wait."

"As I look back on my Amherst years, I’m certain that habits and skills developed at the Fairest College helped to steer my course in life: the ability to see connections among apparently separate realms and the ability to discern core variables in complex problems. English 1, Arnold Arons, honors work, seminars with Gail Kennedy and vigorous exchange of ideas with teachers and fellow students have guided me helpfully through the years."

– Allen Clark

 

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