Taylor a teacher’s teacher at MSU Denver

By Reeanna Lynn Hernandez

Publish Date: September 5, 2013

Ronald Taylor, a professor of law and ethics at MSU Denver for 32 years, focused his professional career around the importance of teaching.

He died at home on Dec.23, 2012 at the age of 62 after a battle with cancer.

While teaching, Taylor dedicated his life to his students. Over the course of his career he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the MSU Denver Chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society in 1986 and again from the University’s Alumni Association in 1987.  Along with the awards, he gained appreciation and respect from his students and colleagues.

“Ron was a wonderful colleague,” said Debbie Gilliard, management director and chair of Taylor’s department. “He was always willing to help in efforts to better the department and often brought sanity and reason to department faculty discussions.”

Taylor made it a priority to be fair to his students by grading their final exams and confirming their grades before his passing.

“There were so many things he did for his students,” said Madison Holloway, management professor at MSU Denver. “His courses were not always easy, but his teaching was very much appreciated and he was much beloved by his students.”

Taylor was born in Phoenix, Ariz. Before pursuing teaching he graduated from University of Denver on an academic scholarship and later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University Law School.  After a career as an attorney Taylor started his teaching career in 1981.

Along with his love for teaching, he also had a passion for home design. He built and designed exquisite homes in the North Cherry Creek area and founded the Definitive Design Construction Company with his wife.

It was well known among those who knew him that his favorite phrase was “Every day is special.”