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Sir Cyril Taylor GBE: 1935-2018 (1956, History)

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Sir Cyril Taylor, Chairman and Founder of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), passed away peacefully at home on Monday 29 January 2018 at the age of 82. 

Cyril founded AIFS in 1964 and was a true visionary in every sense of the word.  His life’s work was dedicated to the enrichment of young people through education.  Cyril was the founder and Chancellor of Richmond, the American International University in London and was instrumental in transforming the UK secondary school system, working with 10 Secretaries of State for Education towards that goal.  In 1989, Cyril was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his dedication and contribution to education, and in 2003, he was advanced to a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE). 

While his list of accomplishments are extraordinary, perhaps most notable, is that Cyril was a true mentor and friend to many of us who worked with him for decades.  His legacy is the leadership and example that he set for us all.  This will be remembered and cherished by all those who were privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside him.

Cyril was extremely proud of AIFS, Richmond and the SSAT and all the opportunities that it has created for young people around the world during his lifetime.

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