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MERLIN TAYLOR (Age 86) Of Germantown, TN, formerly of Washington, DC and the Maryland suburbs, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016. He was a Life Member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), having joined the union in his beloved city of New Orleans as an apprentice in February 1951. After completing apprenticeship, he became active in union affairs and his leadership, management and personal skills, which served him well throughout his work life, became evident to all with whom he worked. In 1961, Mr. Taylor was elected business manager of the BAC Local Union in New Orleans, a position he held until 1965 when he accepted positions with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of National Employment and Training Programs, first in Atlanta, GA, then Washington DC. In 1968, Mr. Taylor was appointed by then AFL-CIO President George Meany as Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI), created to serve as the employment and training arm of the AFL-CIO. In October 1970, he accepted the position of Executive Assistant to the President of the International Union of BAC. He served in that capacity and in other positions at the International Union's headquarters in Washington, D.C., and co-authored three volumes of "The Bricklayer: Brick and Block Construction." In November 1987, he returned to the U.S. Department of Labor as Southeastern States Director of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, a position he held until his retirement in December 1997. Mr. Taylor was highly regarded by both Labor and Management as an expert in labor relations, as well as, employment and training matters. Following retirement, he continued to utilize his unique skills and talents in those areas for a number of years through Poseidon & Associates, a consulting firm he founded. Mr. Taylor, the dear husband of Juliet A. Taylor for 66 years, is also survived by two daughters, Julie A. Smith of Olney, MD and Laana M. Taylor of Annapolis, MD; a son, Merlin L. (Thamar) Taylor, Jr. of Memphis, TN; and a brother, Lawrence A. Taylor, Jr. of Redondo Beach, CA. He was preceded in death by a brother, Glendon T. Taylor. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers perpetual masses or gifts to either the American Cancer Society or The Cancer Moonshot (endorsed by Vice President Joe Biden). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.memphisfuneralhome.net
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