LTC Kip P. Taylor, USA
LTC Kip P. Taylor was commissioned into the Army’s Adjutant General Corps at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan in December 1985 by his father, Lieutenant Colonel Donald R. Taylor. Kip received scholarships for both the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and basketball, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
His key military assignments included his position as the Executive Officer to the U.S. Army Regional Personnel Center in Nurenberg, Germany; the doctrine and curriculum developer at the Fort Ben Harrison, Indiana Army Personnel School; the Adjutant and Personnel Detachment Commander of a special operations unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and as the Military Assistant to Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude, DCSPER.
Lieutenant Colonel Taylor is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sons, Dean and Luke.
Edgar Guest’s poem Living hangs in the home of Kip Taylor’s family. It was one of his favorites and summarizes his joyous and perceptive outlook on life:
The miser thinks he’s living when he’s hoarding up his gold;
The soldier calls it living when he’s doing something bold.
Oh, the thing that we call living isn’t gold or fame at all!
It’s fellowship and sunshine, and it’s roses by the wall.
It’s evenings glad with music and a hearth-fire that’s ablaze,
And the joys which come to mortals in a thousand different ways.
It is laughter and contentment and the struggle for a goal;
It is everything that’s needful in the shaping of a soul.