Aileen Taylor (1904-1983) graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in English from Washington University, St. Louis. She taught at Eastern Illinois University before coming to Oshkosh in 1936. Aileen was a board member of the League of Women Voters, the Ladies Benevolent Society, the Federated Women’s Club, the American Association of University Women, and past president of the Wednesday Reading Club. She was a member of the Clio Class, the Oshkosh Museum Auxiliary, the University Dames, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Winnebago Retired Teacher’s Association. She established the Dr. John T. Taylor Award in 1974 in memory of her husband.
After a 45-year teaching career, Dr. John T. Taylor retired as an English professor at UW Oshkosh in 1970. He taught here for 34 years and was very involved in campus activities, attending a wide array of events, including athletics competitions, music concerts, and theatre productions. He made the initial effort to bring Phi Beta Kappa to campus and was an organizer of the University’s Booster Club. Prior to UWO, Dr. Taylor worked in high school English administration. Dr. Taylor passed away in 1973.