Remembering Sir Cyril Taylor, GBE 1935-2018
It is with sadness that we report the death of Sir Cyril Taylor, GBE, on 29 January 2018.
Sir Cyril was a very proud alumnus of Harvard Business School. Alarmed by the severe reduction in UK applications to HBS due to the cost of study, he founded a UK charity – the Friends of Harvard Business School – with colleagues from the HBS Club of London in 1991.
He had the ingenious idea to set up the charity and to encourage UK alumni of HBS to give to a scholarship fund which enabled the donations to qualify for gift aid while also counting in the class/reunion giving lists at HBS. He had the great foresight to realise that joining with the US-UK Fulbright Commission he would add further prestige to the awards. To date, the British Friends has awarded 61 Fulbright tuition scholarships for students studying for an MBA at Harvard Business School. Thanks to his drive and energy the British Friends reserves stand at $2.6m which has enabled it, to date, to award scholarships totalling over $1.4m.
His most recent initiative was to ensure that scholars, providing they satisfied J-visa rules, could apply for a visa to cover both years of their study rather than have to renew halfway through the programme.
We shall miss his drive and energy. He always enjoyed meeting with British Friends/Fulbright scholars on his annual visit to Boston.
A service of thanksgiving for his life’s work will take place on Monday 5 March 2018 at 3 pm at St Mary Abbots, Kensington Church Road, W8, to which all are welcome.