In Memory of

Eleanor

Healy

Taylor

Obituary for Eleanor Healy Taylor

Born in her family home at 222 Central Avenue in Glyndon, to loving parents and 4 wonderful siblings, Eleanor attended the two- room Glyndon School until Baltimore County schools were consolidated, after that attending Franklin High School, where she was the editor of the yearbook and played the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. At Western Maryland College (now McDaniel), Eleanor majored in English and Music. At her senior piano recital, she played selections from Bach, Beethoven, Shostakovitch, and Liszt. Upon her graduation Eleanor was hired on the City Desk at The News American where she had a varied and exciting career. A trailblazer in a male-dominated newsroom, she covered breaking news and interviewed prominent figures in a variety of fields. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Duke of Windsor, and Cary Grant were just a few of the one- on- one interviews she conducted. Pictures of her with these celebrities line the den of her home. After retiring from the News American, she penned Kaleidoscope, a weekly column in The Community Times.
It was at The News American that she met sportswriter George B. Taylor. They married in 1946 and were married for 48 years until Taylor’s death in 1994. Old house enthusiasts, the Taylor’s purchased The Elms, a large Georgian home built in 1760 which was being razed to make way for the Liberty Reservoir. A former owner of the Elms was the son of Francis Scott Key of Star-Spangled Banner fame. Although the home had fallen into disrepair, the Taylors saw the value in the beautiful architectural details, woodwork, flooring, and bricks and saw a renovation project in their future. With the guidance of an architect who had worked on Colonial Williamsburg, the Taylors carefully dismantled The Elms and rebuilt a new structure on property in Glyndon using all of the old materials. The “new” home, built in 1958, has been well documented in a variety of news articles over the years.
Eleanor did not limit her passion for preservation to her own home. Realizing the importance of maintaining the Victorian feel of her beloved Glyndon, she and others launched an extensive project of education and awareness resulting in Glyndon’s designation as Baltimore County’s first Historic District.
An enthusiastic community volunteer in other areas, Taylor was a President of Historic Glyndon Inc., Franklin PTA’s, a member of The Baltimore County Historic Trust, The Women’s Housing Coalition, taught Sunday School for 65 years at Glyndon United Methodist Church, sang in the church choir and wrote yearly Christmas programs. She was a founding board member of The Ballet School of Glyndon, and taught English For Speakers of Other Languages at Franklin High School. When Glyndon celebrated its 125th anniversary, Eleanor worked with executives of three railroads to secure a train ride leaving from the old Glyndon Station (now the site of the Glyndon Post Office) as part of the weekend festivities.
Her greatest love, however, was her family. She helped continue the 104-year-old tradition of 4th of July family parties at 222 Central Avenue, and shared happy times with her cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren on vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. Her 2 daughters, Martha Taylor Clements, and Nan Taylor Kaestner, her sons in law Mark Clements and Bobby Kaestner, her 7 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren were the lights of her life. For over 55 years she was a fixture in the stands at Franklin High School as her children and grandchildren participated in tennis matches, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse games, and golf tournaments. Later, she cheered her grandchildren at college games. She was in the audience at ballet recitals, musicals, and concerts. A lover of tennis herself, she spent happy times on her family’s clay court. She attended the opening day of The Glyndon Pool every year since its initial opening in 1931! A 100th birthday celebration last year attended by over 300 guests marked her exciting milestone with joy.
For 101 years she set examples of how to live life to the fullest!

Family would like to invite friends to attend a memorial service of celebration that will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. at the Glyndon United Methodist Church 4713 Butler Road Glyndon, MD 21071. Those desiring, may make memorial donations in her memory to the Glyndon United Methodist Church at the above address.