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Robert James Taylor (Bob) passed away peacefully July 29, 2020 at the age of 94.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Gaithersburg, MD and his 4 children (Pamela-Lynne Virginia (Andrew), Rani Marie (David), Jeffery Durlin, and Braeton Grant (Debra)) as well as 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  He was preceded by his parents, Leon James Taylor and Hazel Sarah Hickok, as well as his sister, Marjorie Alice and former wife Carol Julia Luft.

Bob grew up in Cazenovia, NY and New London, CT.  He served in the army at the end of WWII as 'Forward Orientation and Surveyor'.  He trained at Camp Hood then was stationed at a bridge (Occupation Duty) in Germany at the end of the war.  They were so low on ammunition that he was only given 2 rounds for his gun.A tank came by and he asked if they had extra rifle ammunition.  They did and he traded cigarettes for the ammunition (he did not smoke, but he kept cigarettes on hand to barter with).

He attended Virginia Polytechnical Institute (VPI), Blacksburg, VA to earn his master’s degree and taught 'bonehead' math to Undergraduates.  He lived in Rockville, MD before returning to VPI to get a doctorate in Statistics.  As a doctorate student he worked as an Associate Professor in charge of a research grant.

He started his working career with the National Institute of Health as a Statistician.However, most of his career was spent at the US Department of Transportation for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.He was Branch Chief of Crash Avoidance, Trend and Exposure Analysis, MAD, NCSA working in Washington, DC.  His group was instrumental in forecasting future car accidents and proving the value of seat belts.

After retirement he worked to help establish The Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) as Assistant Director. ACIP is dedicated to locating, cataloging, digitally preserving, and freely distributing rare and precious collections of Tibetan manuscripts.  Among other things, Bob traveled to India to teach monks, many of whom had never seen a computer, to transliterate old manuscripts into researchable documents for scholars.

Bob will be remembered for his intelligence and sense of humor (he was quick with the one-liners).  He was described by a close friend as ‘full of integrity, good humor, kindness, and generosity’.

Due to the pandemic no service will be held at this time.  A celebration of his life will be held at The Pavilion at St. Mary's Church and the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima (18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD) on May 1st, 2021 at 2:00.  He will be buried at St. Mary's Church.

Posted by Maria Montenegro on August 8, 2020
My heartfelt condolences. I had the great good fortune to first meet Bob during the 1990s ACIP days in NJ; he was always, always, cheerful, genuine, kind, patient, respectful, and exacting in his work. A true gem. Never heard a single bad word from him about anything or anyone. His uncontrived ease with invisibility, his adeptness at staying low key about the many things he knew and understood, evidenced, for me at least, great depth, wisdom, and compassion. In short, a sun whose warmth uplifted anyone who was lucky enough to enjoy his presence. It was an honor and joy to know him. _/|\_ 
Posted by Gary Burnell on August 8, 2020
I always looked forward to the times when my Uncle Bob and family would travel to Ohio to the cottage in Geneva on the Lake. That ment that we would get to go play minature golf, get donuts at Madsen donuts, and pop popcorn over the fire in the fireplace. I always enjoyed just being around my Uncle Bob as he was always just a joy to be around
Posted by Maria Teresa Pessoa on August 7, 2020
My sincere condolences. Bob Taylor, always present !

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Posted by Maria Montenegro on August 8, 2020
My heartfelt condolences. I had the great good fortune to first meet Bob during the 1990s ACIP days in NJ; he was always, always, cheerful, genuine, kind, patient, respectful, and exacting in his work. A true gem. Never heard a single bad word from him about anything or anyone. His uncontrived ease with invisibility, his adeptness at staying low key about the many things he knew and understood, evidenced, for me at least, great depth, wisdom, and compassion. In short, a sun whose warmth uplifted anyone who was lucky enough to enjoy his presence. It was an honor and joy to know him. _/|\_ 
Posted by Gary Burnell on August 8, 2020
I always looked forward to the times when my Uncle Bob and family would travel to Ohio to the cottage in Geneva on the Lake. That ment that we would get to go play minature golf, get donuts at Madsen donuts, and pop popcorn over the fire in the fireplace. I always enjoyed just being around my Uncle Bob as he was always just a joy to be around
Posted by Maria Teresa Pessoa on August 7, 2020
My sincere condolences. Bob Taylor, always present !
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