May 19, 1926 – July 11, 2012
Sam Taylor passed away peacefully in Calgary surrounded by his wife Lynn, and his two daughters.
Born in Altoona, PA, Sam started school in Altoona and then attended Gillman in Baltimore, before joining the US Navy where he served with the Seabees in the South Pacific during WW II. He later attended Princeton and NYU. Sam met Lynn in San Francisco, married in Edmonton and raised their family in Rye, NY where they were members of Rye Presbyterian Church and nearby tennis, pool and beach club. Retiring to Calgary 15 years ago, he joined the Calgary Tennis Club, had season’s tickets to the Stampeders and loved the fabulous Calgary walkways especially along the Bow and Elbow. Sam’s publishing career began in San Francisco with IND News (now Time Warner) rising through field positions to head office in NY to VP Circulation Director for over 300 popular titles including MAD, Playboy, DC Comics, MS, Family Circle, Saturday Evening Post and Hot Rod. In 1974 he was hired by Time Inc. to help launch People Magazine and supervise newsstand sales of Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money. He moved from Time to Fawcett World Library as VP Circulation Mgr and Assistant to Roscoe Fawcett. The purchase of Fawcett by CBS provided the perfect time to start his own business providing services he knew were needed by many publishers. In 1978 he launched Taylor Consulting Services, specializing in all areas of magazine sales.
Besides his loving wife of 51 years he is survived by his daughters DeeDee (Kevin) and Cathy (Dave), brother-in-law Don McArthur and grandchildren Kendall, Leland, Savannah, Sebastian, Kayla, Jenna and Sarah.
He was predeceased by his only sibling Dr. Martha Taylor Schipper of Maryland, and is survived by 2 nieces and 2 nephews also of Maryland.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel (5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday July 22, 2012 at 3:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Sam Taylor, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
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