Georgiana Hulett Taylor, 96, of Westmoreland, N.H., died May 30, 2008 at the Maplewood Nursing Home, Westmoreland, following a period of declining health and a brief illness.
She was born in Springfield, Mass., on May 22, 1912, the daughter of Neal Dow and Azuba (Ayers) Hulett.
She resided in Chicoppe Falls, Mass., where she began first grade at age five and skipped fifth grade. In 1921, her family moved to Poultney, Vt., where she attended the preparatory school (TCA) that is now Green Mountain College. She was active on the debating team and was a commencement speaker. She was only 16 when she entered Middlebury College, where she was assistant to the editor of the campus newspaper, earned a bachelors degree in math and science in 1932, and met classmate Gray Nelson Taylor, her husband of 72 years. At Middlebury, she lived in the Chateau, studied French, was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and was selected for the academic honors of Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa.
The couple moved numerous times, joining the local Methodist Church with each move and becoming active in their communities. The lived in Northville, Cherry Valley, and Rome, N.Y., and in Lake George, where she taught high school math and science during WWII. After the war she continued to work as a mathematics teacher in Gloversville, N.Y. Georgiana and Gray moved to Schenectady in 1954 where she worked part time for the First Methodist Church and provided housing and support for a refugee family from Dutch Indonesia. In 1959, the Taylor’s moved to Syracuse, where she enrolled in Library Science classes and sponsored visitors from India and Malaysia. In 1961, following their move to Bedford Hills, N.Y., Mrs. Taylor worked as Young Adult Librarian in the nearby Katonah Village Library. While there, she compiled a nationally acclaimed list of books and films under the title "A Century of Negro Freedom 1865-1965". During this time she also began transcribing books from print to Braille. In 1970, she and her husband moved to downtown Albany, where they bought and completely renovated an 1853 row house in the historic Center Square neighborhood. As an example of her activity and involvement, while in Albany she helped build and furnish a four-story, 10-room dollhouse, was active in the Arachne Weavers’ Guild, the Pine Hills Fortnightly Club (a study group where members took turns writing scholarly papers on various topics), AAUW, Vanguard, the Legislative Forum, the Institute of History and Art, historic Albany Foundation, and the New York State Museum Associates. She was on the Board of Directors of the Trinity United Methodist Church Nursery School, and was a founder and director of the Trinity Day Care Center. She also reorganized and catalogued the church library of over 2,000 volumes.
During the last 10 years of her life, she lived in Saratoga Springs and Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. Mrs. Taylor was avidly interested in family history, weaving and knitting, books, politics, birds and wild flowers. She was devoted to Middlebury College, serving as class secretary for many years and attending all her reunions, including her 75th!
Survivors include her brother Neal Hulett of Granville; four children; Philip Taylor of Seattle, Wash., Lee Taylor of Bellingham, Wash., Betsy Taylor of Stoddard, N.H., Stephen Taylor of Closter, N.J.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services and burial in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville, N.Y., next to her husband, will be private.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Mrs. Taylor’s memory to Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. 05753, or to the Heifer Project, Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, (with Heifer Project on the memo line), 175 fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
The Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH is in charge of the arrangements.