Obituary: Richard L. Taylor
on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the age of 88.
Mr. Taylor founded and operated a group piano school for children in Darien which thrived for 30 years. Hundreds of children from the area had their first musical experience with him.
He was a composer, concert pianist and accompanist. He played the pipe organ at New Canaan Christian Science Church for 40 years (the largest instrument of it’s kind in the area). Before that, he served at the Westport Christian Science Church for 12 years and in Scarsdale, N.Y. and at the Congregational Church in Greenwich, Conn. He is remembered by many parishioners for his devotion to both performance and Spirit.
He composed music for organ, piano and voice, frequently using biblical and hymn texts.
He held a bachelor's degree from New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Lamda honorary fraternity. He then studied at Harvard and Boston universities before receiving a master’s degree from Columbia Teachers’ College.
He was proud to have reached 88 years—the number of keys on a piano.
He is survived by a daughter, Annie of Ridgefield, a son, Stephen, of Forest Hills, N.Y. and a grandson, Jonathan.
Funeral services were provided by Luddy of New Britain, Conn.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Talmadge Hill Community Church, 870 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd in Darien, Conn. All are welcome.