The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 84
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also included working with social studies teachers in the public
schools. In this significant activity Taylor worked in cooperation
with the Service Center for the Teachers of History of the Amer-
ican Historical Association.
A member of Sigma Delta Chi, professional journalism frater-
nity, Taylor wrote numerous articles for historical journals, mag-
azines, and other publications. He was a member of the American
Historical Association, the Southwestern Social Science Associa-
tion, the National and Texas Council of Social Studies, and the
Texas State Historical Association; from 1950 until his death, he
served on the Executive Council of the Texas State Historical
On his own campus he had served on many committees that
have made important contributions. For fifteen years he was
chairman of the Committee on Professional Status, Tenure, and
Freedom of Staff. During this time the committee gave
effective leadership to the faculty in developing a true sense of
both the rights and responsibilities attendant upon faculty status.
It also gave initial impetus to plans for a Faculty Senate, plans
which later brought to this college the first such faculty repre-
sentative group in Texas.
As my colleague, Professor Richard Henderson has said:
James Taylor was not primarily a productive scholar, a writer of
many books, though he could write as well as most people who boast
the long bibliographies. I wish he had written more, for he had a
sharp wit and a felicitous style. But he was more the great teacher-
scholar who inspired and guided thousands of young men and
women as they learned how to become good teachers in our public
schools, colleges, and universities. He turned down opportunities to go
to the big university scene. How far along would we be if he had
listened to the call? Every man does what he must do, where he must.
Where would the small colleges be if it were not for the James
A few days after Professor Taylor's untimely death, an unknown
student on the staff of The College Star summarized his signifi-
In the past few years there has been a lot of copy written about
Dr. James Taylor and now at 61 he is dead. He was an educator,
practicing historian and writer. He has left a lasting impression on
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