Thoedore Taylor

Theodore Taylor

Jan. 7, 1949 — Nov. 14, 2018

From West Richland, WABorn in Cincinnati, OH

Celebration of Life

  •   Starts:
    Sat, January 5 2019, 1 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    3 p.m.
  •   Location:

    The Sandberg Event Center, West Richland, WA

THEODORE THOMAS TAYLOR, JR. “Tom”, 69 was born on January 7, 1949 to Ted and Betty Taylor in Cincinnati, Ohio and passed peacefully in his sleep on November 14, 2018 after a brief stay at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA. 

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Beverley Taylor; his two sisters - Lynn (Rich) Browers, Amy (Gary) Wheeler; his brother, Mark Taylor; his stepchildren Edward Ellis, DeAnn (Richard) Nelson and Tom (Patty) Ellis.  He has numerous well-loved grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as a niece and nephew.  He also had two special grandchildren who were with him at the end; Alicia and Sammi Jo Ellis. 

Tom graduated from Anderson High School in 1967. He graduated in 1971 with a BS degree from Miami University in Ohio. After graduation, he signed up to work for the Peace Corps and spent a couple of years in Ghana, Africa.  Spending time in Africa, and then traveling for 6 months in Europe, fed his lifelong love of travel.  After returning from Africa, he spent a year doing specialized training at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN. 

In 1975 he flew to a dusty little town called Richland located in Washington State.  He interviewed and then accepted a job with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he remained for most of his career, with a 5-years hiatus spent working in Davison North Carolina. He retired in 2008. A family story goes that when he accepted the job at PNNL he had nothing with him but a suitcase of clothes.  He excitedly called his mom, Betty and asked her to pack up his stuff and ship it north.  He was home… 

He met the love of his life, Beve, in the light and sound booth at the Richland Players Theater. They married in 1981 in Tacoma, WA.   They spent many years volunteering at the Players Theater doing various tasks.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed many activities. He spent many winters in Montana and Washington hunting, and fly fishing in the summers.  He and Beve rode horses, competing in many endurance races.  He was a lifelong runner, having started cross country in high school.  One of his big goals was to complete the Honolulu Marathon, which he did when he turned 50. 

He was an active member of the Columbia Basin Dog Training Club where he competed in tracking with his dog Tazz.  They also were volunteer members of the Walla Walla Sherriff’s Department Search and Rescue team.

Tom did not wish to have a formal funeral. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at The Sandberg Event Center, West Richland, WA on January 5, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:   WWCSSAR c/o Walla Wall County Sherriff ; 240 W. Alder St. Walla Walla, WA 99362:  Or CurePSP ; 1206 York Road, Suite L-4 Lutherville, MD 21093



Guestbook for

Theodore Taylor

  • Tom and my brother Will drove the truck or car from Milwaukee to Topeka after my wife and I were married in 1968. I accused him of trying to kidnap Karen after we became disconnected. He was a babysitter for my young children in Oak Ridge. One good human being I was honored to know and I am sure you who are reading know that he was genuine before he arrived in your community.

    John Doggette
    Dec. 17, 2018
    St Louis MO
  • Tom was a great friend throughout our years at Anderson School in Cincinnati and afterward. We played ball, hiked, camped and did lots of other fun things. Tom was in the Scout troop at Anderson Methodist Church, and on the cross country team at Anderson. He and his family, who lived near us on Markley Road, were great positive influences. We got together when he was at Miami University in Oxford, and after his Peace Corps service. Our condolences to his family.

    William Doggette
    Dec. 17, 2018
    5812 Washington Blvd. Arlington VA 22205
  • One of the hiking highlights of my life was hiking to the top of Rattle Snake Mountain about 6 years ago with Tom, Jerry Youngblood, and Gregg Andrews, all PNNL staff. It was so windy, we had to crawl off the top of the mountain after eating our lunch. Glad I got to share that experience with Tom.

    Peter Smith
    Dec. 5, 2018
  • Bev please accept our deepest condolences. I will always remember my early professional interactions with Tom and then my time with him at PNNL. He was involved in recruiting me to PNNL and it was his group and the work it did which were some of the reasons I ended up at PNNL. As an engineer over the years he made significant contributions to improve the safety of nuclear power systems globally as well as to assessing performance as it related to nondestructive evaluation (NDE). In addition to his technical contributions and in spite of all the challenges in running a group he was a great manager. He had a personality that enabled him to interact with members of diverse communities. Continue in the next message......

    Dec. 3, 2018
  • I particular remember him teaching eddy current probe manufacture and use to a group of Ukrainians who came to PNNL with hip flasks and who were smoking something that smelt like old rope! He sought to comply with DOE regulations and he managed to “herd” them with good grace and a degree of humor! Tom made significant contributions to the global NDE and nuclear power communities, he was a great asset to PNNL during his time there, he was a good friend and a colleague with whom it was a real pleasure to work. He was taken too young and will be missed by all who knew him. Leonard & Jan Bond

    Dec. 3, 2018
  • I had the great fortune to work with Tom from the time he was hired at PNNL until his retirement. Tom was a great colleague and always a joy to work with. We accomplished a lot with probably one of the biggest achievements being the new Appendix VIII in Section XI of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Tom always stayed focused on the project goals and he made it a priority to complete the work on time and within budget. He was probably the fittest person in the NDE group and made the rest of his colleagues wish to be as dedicated to working out and being healthy. His daily load of endomorphins gave him a relaxed approach and not much of anything bothered him. He is going to be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

    Steven Doctor
    Dec. 1, 2018
    Richland, WA
  • So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. My sincere condolences to him family. Tom was a great friend and Boiler Code associate. We traveled to Ukraine to conduct a Nuclear Reactor Safety Maintenance class. We fly fished East and West coast Trout streams and attempted same in Alaska. I will miss him Rest In Peace dear friend. Dave

    Clarence (Dave) Cowfer
    Nov. 30, 2018
    Aiken, SC
  • Tom was such a beautiful soul. I always enjoyed playing cards with Tom and Beve, and have great memories of our times together with their family. He will be missed.

    Theresa Buckendorf
    Nov. 28, 2018
    Kennewick, WA
  • Tom was one of the main reasons I came to PNNL. I spent many weeks traveling to ex-Soviet regions with Tom, helping to teach NDE done the American way to individuals in Ukraine and Russia. Tom was well respected in both domestic and international NDE circles, and always ready to assist anyone that asked of him. He will be sorely missed. Our dearest condolences to Bev.

    Mike Anderson
    Nov. 28, 2018
    Richland, WA
  • Tom was a great man. I enjoyed working with him for many years at Battelle.

    Kay Hass
    Nov. 28, 2018
    Kennewick, WA

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