2014 VAD’s Deaf Father of the Year
Harry Taylor was born to the late John and Lillian Taylor of Carterton, Virginia. Harry enrolled at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in 1947 and graduated in 1960 as Class
Salutatorian. While at VSDB, Harry played football, basketball, and baseball. He was on the 1959 basketball team which won VSDB’s first Mason-Dixon Tournament Championship title.
He was induced into the VSDAA Hall of Fame in October 2006.
Harry met Margaret Spangler (Class of 1964) at VSDB in 1959. They were married in June 1965 and have been married 49 years. The Taylors have been members at Glade Hill Baptist Church since 1979.
Harry’s first job was at the Lexington News-Gazette newspaper in Lexington, VA, where he worked for three months in 1960. Then he was offered a position at the University of Virginia
Printing Office in Charlottesville, VA, where he worked for 17 years. In 1977, Harry and his family moved to Glade Hill in Franklin County, VA. He worked at the Standard Register
Printing Company in Rocky Mount, VA, for 24 years. He retired early in 2001 when the plant closed.
The Taylors have one daughter, Tammy Taylor Fortune. She married Clint Fortune in 1996 and has given the Taylors two grandsons, Clint, age 12, and Jonathan, age 7. The Taylors enjoy spending time with their grandsons.
Their daughter Tammy works for Lynchburg City School as an educational interpreter, for Sorenson Communications as a video relay interpreter, and as a community freelance
interpreter. The Taylors are proud of her dedication to helping many Deaf people.
In his spare time, Harry enjoys reading the newspaper, solving word puzzles, working outside, and hunting. He is an avid watcher of the Washington Nationals baseball team and the Washington Redskins football team. He also supports the University of Virginia’s football and basketball teams.
– Thanks to VAD