Palm Beach Civic Association's In Memoriam: Jack C. Taylor 1922 - 2016.
Palm Beach Civic Association
Jack C. Taylor
1922 - 2016
The officers and directors of the Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledge with deep appreciation the exceptional life of fellow Civic Association director Jack Taylor who passed away on July 2, 2016. A devoted Town resident and major Civic Association donor, Jack loved Palm Beach. He was dedicated to protecting and improving our special community. We’re grateful for his generous support for our mission to enhance the quality of life we enjoy.
Jack was a prominent community figure. He founded Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1957, originally named Executive Leasing. He was an emeritus trustee of Washington University in St. Louis, and founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, established in 1982 to donate primarily to nonprofit organizations in the communities where Enterprise employees work and live. He gave substantial personal gifts to such causes as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Botanical Garden, the preservation of historic Forest Park, the National Flight Academy at the US Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola and scholarships for financially disadvantaged students at Washington University in St. Louis. He helped establish Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and Taylor Fund for the Environment, both at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.
He briefly attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and Washington University in St. Louis, before enlisting in the US Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He became an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot and saw combat duty in the Pacific Theater from the decks of the aircraft carriers USS Essex and USS Enterprise, for which he later named his company. Mr. Taylor was decorated with two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
Jack Taylor was a true gentleman who was widely loved. He was our close friend at the Palm Beach Civic Association. We admired his confidence and grace. We will miss his inner strength and generous spirit.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his son, Andrew C. Taylor and wife Barbara of St. Louis; his daughter, Jo Ann Taylor Kindle and her husband Tom Caruso, president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, of St. Louis; and to his five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.