|Title:||Class of 1997|
Ned Taylor, by all accounts, you were the second best athlete of your day, behind only the legendary Harry Dadmun, a Hall of Famer and an Olympian. Born and raised in Worcester, you attended Worcester High and were a member of the school's first football team. You captained the track and football teams while at WPI. You played halfback for the football team and competed in all events for the track team, your favorites being the middle distances between a quarter mile and a mile.
You were particularly proud of a medal you won at a track meet in which you took seven firsts and two seconds, claiming high scorer for the meet. Your career totals were 14 firsts, 5 seconds and two WPI records broken. Together with Dadmun, you gave your school a one-two track combination that was rare at that time.
During one memorable meet, you and Dadmun had already placed first and second in the quarter mile, but the team needed one more such combination to win the meet. The last event was the mile run, an event you loved, but Amherst had a good miler who was fresh. You and Dadmun entered the 120-yard hurdles and finished one and two to win the meet. (as it happened Amherst won the mile with a new meet record.)
After graduation you worked in the development of hydroelectric power before being called to serve your country during World War I. You were a major in the Army Corps of Engineers until your retirement from active service in 1922. You then returned to Worcester to go into private practice with WPI professor Charles Allen. Over the next 20 years, you could usually be found at a WPI athletic event. Late in life, you moved to Albany, N.Y. to work with your son, Robert B. Taylor '35.
Ned Taylor, it is a privilege to honor one of the greatest athletes in WPI history by inducting you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.