Saybrook University, with deep sadness, is announcing today the death of Dr. Eugene Taylor, a noted scholar and 20-year member of our executive faculty.
"We are sorry to see Eugene go," said Mark Schulman, President of Saybrook University, "He was a scholar and a teacher respected by all with whom he came in contact. He is, truly, irreplacable."
Taylor died on January 30 at 10:30 a.m. EST with his family in attendance. He was 66.
Taylor was a prominent historian of psychology. The author of books including Shadow Culture: Psychology and Spirituality in America; The Mystery of Personality: A History of Psychodynamic Theories; and William James on Consciousness Beyond the Margins, he was a research historian at Harvard Medical School, the curator of Gordon Allport’s papers, and an internationally renowned scholar on the work of William James. He was also the founder of the Cambridge Institute of Psychology and Religion, a board member of the Philemon Foundation, a fellow in two APA divisions, and a founding member of The New Existentialists.
He held degrees from Southern Methodist University, Harvard Divinity School (where he was the 1983 William James Lecturer), and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Psychology from Boston University.
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