THE ICON: Phyllis Taylor
THE LEGACY: Technically, it is called the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, but one of the driving forces behind it since its 1985 founding — and particularly since Pat Taylor’s death in 2004 — has been Phyllis Taylor, an elegant and optimistic philanthropist with a demonstrated passion for public service. The foundation’s most celebrated undertaking has been the creation of TOPS, the state’s college scholarship program, but under Phyllis Taylor’s guidance a long list of local organizations — educational, religious, artistic, military and more — have benefitted from the foundation’s largesse, and from her dedication to carrying the Taylor Foundation torch.
THE ARTIST: Saegan Swanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “I will always look on this award with its two handles and see one being held by me, the other by Patrick.” — Phyllis Taylor, upon accepting The Times-Picayune’s 2015 Loving Cup