Retired lawyer and aviator Edward “Ed” Taylor died Jan. 5. He was 82.
A Roanoke native, Mr. Taylor attended Roanoke College for two years where he first learned to fly. In 1956, he moved to Florida where he became a naval aviation cadet and received his Navy wings and commission as an ensign in 1957. Mr. Taylor served as a reserve naval aviator, piloting both helicopters and fixed-wing anti-submarine and patrol aircraft. He achieved the rank of lieutenant commander and remained in the Naval Reserve until 1973.
After his release from active duty in 1960, Mr. Taylor went on to earn his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Richmond. He entered private practice in 1964 and spent many years as a partner in the Richmond firm of Hundley, Taylor & Glass.
Throughout the 1970s, Mr. Taylor spent four years helping the victims of poisoning by the pesticide, Kepone, that was being manufactured in Hopewell. In the 1980s he became a partner in the Chesterfield firm of Taylor & Schockemoehl.
Mr. Taylor served on the boards of various organizations throughout his career, including the American, Virginia and Richmond Trial Lawyers associations. He retired after 35 years of practice.
He also held a commercial pilot’s license and owned and flew a plane out of Chesterfield Airport throughout his legal career. His last flight was to the Bahamas at the age of 50.
Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra, in 2019; he is survived by his daughters, Mary and Kimberly; his siblings, Samuel and Sally; and two grandchildren, Alex and Julia.