Dick was a 1954 graduate of the Ohio State University, where as a member of “The Best Damn Band In The Land” he “dotted the I” in script Ohio. He added an MA degree in 1971 and went on to serve on the OSU faculty in the Department of Aviation for 22 years as Associate Professor Emeritus.
A military and civilian pilot for 47 years, he acquired 12,000 hours of flight time in a wide variety of aircraft and held a number of aviation certificates and ratings. Dick achieved the rank of Major in the United States Air Force Reserve and traveled the world as an Air Force pilot. He was a nationally-known author of 20 books in the field of aviation; and served many years as a consultant and expert witness in the investigation and litigation of aircraft accidents.
He was a great lover of music and a founding member of the Dublin Wind Symphony. He served as a volunteer for the Central Ohio Radio Reading Service, Meals on Wheels, and the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.
Dick will be forever remembered by family and friends as a kind and loving man of integrity, intelligence, and good humor.
Dick’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dublin Community Bands to help support their volunteer mission of sustaining the rich heritage of band excellence in the Dublin community.
Donations in his memory can be sent to Dublin Community Bands, PO BOX 4132, Dublin, OH 43016
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If you donate online, please be sure to write "In memory of Dick Taylor" at the checkout where it says "Add additional note to merchant".