(AP) William Davis Taylor, who followed in the steps of his father and grandfather and became publisher of The Boston Globe, has died of heart failure at his home in suburban Brookline. He was 93.
Taylor, who died Tuesday, was the Globe‘s publisher for 22 years, beginning in 1955, and oversaw the newspaper’s move to new quarters. He also was the first chairman of Affiliated Publications Inc., the paper’s parent company, from 1973 to 1981.
“Davis Taylor was an extraordinary publisher for any editor to work for. He inspired and encouraged his editors to be creative, innovative and to do what they felt was right,” said Thomas Winship, the Globe‘s editor from 1965 to 1984.
Under Taylor, the Globe relocated from Newspaper Row in downtown Boston, where it was founded in 1872, to Morrissey Boulevard in the Dorchester neighborhood.
Taylor was born April 2, 1908, the son of William Osgood and Mary Taylor. He graduated from Harvard in 1931 and joined the family-owned newspaper that year as a junior accountant.
He was named general manager in 1940 and publisher on the death of his father, the son of the paper’s founder, Charles H. Taylor. In 1972, Taylor was elected chairman of the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
After his retirement in 1981, he continued as a director and consultant to the Globe.
Taylor was a skilled yachtsman and deep-sea fisherman. In 1956, at the age of 48, he tried out for the Olympics in the 16-foot English Planting Hull Class. He also sailed in Newport-Bermuda and in Annapolis-Newport races.
His first wife, Mary, died in 1947. Taylor leaves his second wife, Ann, a son, and daughter from his first marriage and two sons and two daughters from his second marriage.
A memorial service will be held in Harvard Memorial Church at a later date, and burial will be at sea.