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In Memoriam - Henry Taylor

November 04, 2019

In Memoriam - Henry Taylor

AsMA Headquarters staff were saddened to learn that Henry ‘Hank’ L. Taylor has died.

   A native of Alabama, he earned a B.S. in 1956 and an M.S. in 1958 from Auburn University, and graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in 1963. He served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel, and then spent 21 years as a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois. 
    From 1969 to 1972, Dr. Taylor was the Program Monitor at the Air Force Systems Command Headquarters for the U.S. Air Force Human Resources Laboratory. While there, he was involved in projects such as the Advanced Simulator for Pilot Training and the Advanced Instructional System for Maintenance Training. He then became Military Assistant for Personnel and Training Technology within the Office of the Secretary of Defense until 1978. From 1978–1980, he served as Commandant of two U.S. Air Force professional schools: the Academic Instructor School and the Foreign Officer School. During this time he was also administratively responsible for Air University television, which provided TV production and distribution for Air University schools. 
    Dr. Taylor then took the position of Director of the Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois in 1980. He became the Acting Head of the Aviation Research Laboratory in 1981, a position he served in for 3 years. When he first came to the university, he initiated a major effort to revitalize both the lab’s and the university’s human factors research program. He also participated in establishing an interdisciplinary Engineering Psychology (Human Factors) teaching and research program. In addition, he completed a 6-year term as a member of the State of Illinois Board of Aeronautical Advisors, who are appointed by the Governor. He was President of the Illinois Public Airports Association and President of Division 21, Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychologists of the American Psychological Association. He was instrumental in founding the the Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA), an Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) constituent organization, and served as their President. AsHFA dedicated the Founders Award in his honor
    Dr. Taylor was a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, Human Factors Society, the American Psychological Association, and AsMA. Within the Association, he served a 2-year term as Chair of the Aerospace Human Factors Committee and was a member of the Nominations Committee, Scientific Program Committee, Membership Committee, Aerospace Human Factors Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He published over 100 scientific articles and presented 125 papers at conferences worldwide. He received AsMA’s Raymond F. Longacre Award in 1992.