Retired languages lecturer Ian dies in USA
A former lecturer has died while on a visit to Yellowstone Park, in America.
Ian Taylor died after suffering a heart attack.
The 87-year-old was a lecturer in modern languages at Leicester College of Education, in Scraptoft, from 1965 until 1984, when it became part of Leicester Polytechnic. The polytechnic became De Montfort University in 1992.
During that time he was also a leading light of the British Association for Language Teaching, and treasurer of the Modern Language Association. Mr Taylor, who died on September 10, grew up in Blanford, Dorset, and read French and German at Oxford.
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In 1943, he joined the RAF as a pilot and he was expecting combat by mid-1944.
However, he was sent to the USA for further training and returned without action on the Queen Mary at the end of the war.
While travelling by train to an international student conference in Germany, he met his future wife, Elizabeth Liebrich, who was returning to Strasbourg after au-pairing in England.
The couple were married two years later and had six children, Paul, Mary, Robert, Jonathan, Jeremy, and Marc.
Mr Taylor taught on the Isle of Wight and in Dorset, before the family moved to Leicestershire.
In late 1987 Elizabeth died after a short illness.
Several years later, while on a world trip, Mr Taylor visited old college friend Norma Walters.
The couple rekindled their friendship and married in August 1999. The couple divided their time between Norma's home in the USA and Mr Taylor's home in Blandford, where he returned after his retirement. he couple's most recent trip was to Yellowstone.
A cremation has already taken place, but donations can be sent to Water Aid and a language book fund at The Blandford School c/o C M Taylor, Ellergill House, Brackenley Lane, Embsay, Skipton, BD23 6EN.