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Barbara Ellis TaylorBarbara Ellis Taylor was introduced to the University of Kentucky through her 4-H involvement as a child in Boyle County. In 1950, she entered UK to study in what is today’s School of Human Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

In 1954, Taylor graduated from UK and taught high school home economics. She married Clifton Taylor, and together they worked in the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. She also taught in several high schools.

Taylor went on to earn advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin, earning her doctorate in textiles and clothing in 1977. She joined the faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and remained there until retiring in 1996.

At Florida, Taylor had a distinguished career. During her tenure, she co-chaired a task force to lead Florida’s Cooperative Extension Service in planning and designing a system for major issue-based programming. She also chaired a four-department task force to develop a multidisciplinary major in human resource development. Following the creation of the degree program, Taylor was asked to serve as the first undergraduate coordinator.

She served as an ambassador for her profession around the world. Taylor co-directed a feasibility study for a program addressing women in agricultural development for the University of Dshang, Republic of Cameroon. She also co-led a short course of curriculum building at the university center for 20 faculty and 17 key women leaders in Cameroon.

Taylor’s interest in assisting women led her to work with faculty on gender equity issues at the University of Florida. She became president of the Association of Women Faculty in 1992, with subsequent appointments to several related university committees by the provost.

She served as president of the American Home Economics Association in 1993-1994 and received the association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002. She was named outstanding alumna at both the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences and the School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences, at the University of Wisconsin.

Taylor died in 2012.