Harlan Dresser Taylor ’43

Harlan Dresser Taylor ’43 died on December 5, 2007, in Rochester, N.H.

Born on March 23, 1921, in Kennebunk, Maine, he prepared for college at Kennebunk High School and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation, he received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. From 1946 until his retirement in 1977, he was assistant director for research at United Technologies Corporation in East Hartford, Conn., where he developed the aeronautical use of vortex generators. He served as chairman of the Manchester (Conn.) Development Committee, as a member of the Manchester Redevelopment Agency and the State of Connecticut Committee for Science and Technology, on the board of directors for the Town of Manchester and the Savings Bank of Manchester, and with the Capital Region Planning Agency. He lived in Kennebunk from 1977 until 2006, when he and his wife moved to Rochester, N.H. In Kennebunk, he served on the board of directors of the Kennebunk Free Library, as president of the Brick Store Museum, as treasurer of the Kennebunk Republican Town Committee, and as a member of the Kennebunk School Board. He is survived by his wife, Saunda Pease Taylor, whom he married in 1946; a daughter, Judy Taylor of Manchester, Conn.; a son, Jeffrey Taylor of Rochester, N.H.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.