Taylor “Tad” Gaither ’64 died in August 2009, at his Fort Worth, Texas, home.
Taylor “Tad” Gaither ’64 died in August 2009, at his Fort Worth, Texas, home. He was born on July 21, 1942, in Cleveland and prepared for college at Uni- versity School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He was a bibliophile from an early age. One summer in high school, he negotiated with the organizers of the Cleveland Col- lege Book Sale to haul, sort and sell books in exchange for any books he wanted to take. He also was an avid collector of stamps and coins in those days. At Bow- doin, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He lived in New York City for many years before moving to Fort Worth, where he worked for Harcourt Holt/ Rinehart and Dryden Press publishing companies. In 1997, he opened the first of his two Black Dog taverns, a cornerstone of the Fort Worth jazz community with its Sunday-night jam sessions, but also played host to fusion, funk and rock musicians. The taverns closed in 2007.