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Robert William "Bill" Taylor

Robert William "Bill" Taylor
Born in Brownsville, Tennessee on July 28, 1929
Departed on June 8, 2013 and resided in Southfield, Michigan

Bill Taylor - Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend. Bill shared his enthusiasm for life with everyone around him through his keen intellect as well as his excellent moral, ethical and work values. Bill had the rare ability to make everyone feel special and that they, as an individual, were important. Bill Taylor cherished his work, business associates, friends and most importantly family. Bill died peacefully in hospice on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Bill started life in Brownsville, Tennessee of proud parents Charlie and Anne Laura Taylor. He attended Murray State University where he majored in chemistry and co-captained the football team. He then continued onto Ohio University where he earned a masters in journalism and was editor of the school newspaper. After officer training in the Air Force, he met and married Jeanette Henshaw and fathered Bob, Teresa and Mark. His grandchildren Ryan, Sean, Jason, Morgan, David and Victoria were the twinkle in his eye. Tennis was his favorite hobby, winning many titles at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Bill devoted his career to being the best association executive possible. He passionately threw himself into his work, loving every second of it. After leading smaller associations, Bill was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in Dearborn, Michigan in 1969. With 13 years of success, including adding a second building to this growing association, Bill was hired as President of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 1982. In his first year as president of this Washington D.C. association, he executed a "million dollar turnaround", turning a $500,000 debt into a $500,000 surplus by his first annual convention. ASAE continued to grow and expand their successful programing under Bill’s leadership, including establishing the Certified Association Executive (CAE) program, a designation that many association executives still strive to achieve today. He retired in 1998 honored with a gala at Grand Old Opry Hotel in Nashville, TN with Colin Powell and a crooning Reba McIntire in attendance.

Bill was bestowed many awards and honors including service on Ronald Regan’s "Private Sector Initiatives" presidential council and was inducted into the Convention Leaders Hall of Fame in Washington, DC among others.

Memorial contributions may be sent to American Society of Association Executives Foundation, 1575 I Street NW, Washington DC 20005.


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