1990 – New Orleans, Louisiana
After receiving her law degree in 1966 from Tulane University, Phyllis Taylor served as law clerk for the Orleans Civic District Court and the Louisiana Supreme Court. While in law school, she met and married Patrick F. Taylor. In the late seventies with the growth of Mr. Taylor’s oil and gas operations, Mrs. Taylor gave her full attention to their personal holdings. She helped organize their cattle operations in Mississippi, developing one of the first on-the-ranch embryo transfer programs. She also has served as executive vice president of Taylor Energy Company. Mrs. Taylor was the Louisiana Finance Chairman for the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign and founder of Vote America. Much of her time has been devoted to the New Orleans City Ballet as a board member, officer and the first president of its volunteer organization. She has served numerous boards including Tulane Medical Center, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Council of Louisiana and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. She also has devoted her time, talents and energy to the March of Dimes and Children’s Hospital Guild. Her good works were recognized in 1989 with the TOPS Award from the Institute of Human Understanding. In the same year, she and her husband were named Philanthropists of the Year by the National Philanthropist.