The AACA Museum, Inc. released a statement about the passing of one of their founding fathers, Richard "Dick" Taylor.
"We are saddened to announce the passing of Richard Taylor of Mansfield, Ohio, on Saturday, March 13th after a courageous 11-year battle with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. Richard was well-known in the antique vehicle hobby and was one of the "founding fathers" of the AACA Museum, Inc. He was deeply dedicated to his family, his family home-building business Taylor Brothers Construction, and the AACA. He was the first person to serve as President of the Club, Library, and Museum (1996).
In advocating for the Museum, Richard brought both his antique automotive experience and construction knowledge to the table. His experience in the trades allowed the Museum to maximize its financial resources during the building's construction, which began in 2002, resulting in a world-class facility when the doors opened a year later. Constructed with built-in provisions for expansion, the structure was also among the first major museums in America to employ a geothermal climate control system.
Richard was a tireless advocate for the Museum. He and his wife, Mary Lou, made significant financial contributions and generously gave of their time. In addition to countless hours in planning and fundraising, Richard served as a volunteer general foreman during the construction and move-in phases of the building. In this capacity, he made nearly weekly trips from Mansfield to Hershey to keep on top of the project's many facets. Many nights were spent onsite in his motorhome.
In 2019, the Museum established the William H. Smith Fellows Program to recognize those who have had a significant impact on the Museum's success in fulfilling its mission. Richard was the first recipient of this award. We are forever grateful to Richard and appreciate the Taylor family's wishes to honor his life through the support of the Museum."
Those wishing to make a contribution to the Museum in Richard's memory may send gifts by mail or make online donations. Please include "Richard Taylor Memorial" in your correspondence or online contribution.
AACA Museum, Inc., 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033