For nearly a decade, Roger Taylor and his wife, Anne, have led Knox through one of its most challenging, demanding, and, ultimately, successful eras. Under the Taylor's leadership, Knox remained true to its historic mission and maintained, even improved, its status as one of the nation's leading undergraduate institutions. This issue of Knox Magazine celebrates the Taylors and their tenure at Knox.
A note on the cover: One of the first initiatives of Roger Taylor's presidency was to restore and repair the Old Main bell tower. On February 12, 2002, the bell atop Old Main rang for the first time in more than a decade, ushering in a new era for Knox College. As Dan Chibnall '03 -- one of the students who first alerted President Taylor to the bell tower's disrepare -- states, Roger turned "the bell tower into a new symbol of pride. Roger saved the bell to help us see that we truly are a community in every sense of the word."
Letters: Read the President's Message, Editor's Note, and letters to the editor.
Meet the Trustee: "I could bring an insider's perspective to the Board," says Debeorah DeGraff '80, professor of economics at Bowdoin College in Maine and general trustee since 2006.
Above & Beyond -- Celebrating the Taylors: As Roger '63 and Anne Taylor '63 prepare to leave campus for a second time, Knox Magazine asked friends, colleagues, and classmates of the Taylors to share what they were like as Knox students, as influential Chicago lawyers, as colleagues, and leaders.
We'll Miss You, Roger!: Find out what the Knox community -- alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and students -- will miss most about Roger Taylor.
ROTC, Knox, and the Liberal Arts: Twenty years ago, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Knox College ended, cutting the College's ties to the U.S. Army that lasted more than 75 years. George Eaton '80, one of the first ROTC Scholarship students to attend Knox, looks at the history of ROTC on the Knox campus.
Flashback: Thanks to those alumni who responded to our Flashback photo of the Bishop Hill Archaeology Project. Not only were we able to identify a the folks in the photo, but we got a bit of history on the project as well.
Watering Our Roots: Judy Middleton Anderson '75 shares her reasons for creating an endowed scholarship to help support study abroad opportunities for Knox students.
Class Notes: Catch up with your classmates and friends!
Roger & The House: Irene Bowman Landis '36 shares the story behind Taylor homestead in Fulton County, Illinois, where Roger and Anne will spend a good portion of the retirement.
Photo Highlights of the Taylor Years: Browse through a slideshow of highlights from the decade Roger Taylor '63 spent as president of his alma mater.
Roger Taylor Video Highlights: Did you miss the last Roger Taylor & The Fulton County Boys performance? Or do you want to learn more about why Roger Taylor choose to retire at this time? Visit this page to see long-time favorite videos of Roger, as well as a few new gems.