Bethel Says Goodbye to Stanley M. Taylor

Stanley in his early days at Bethel.

Three weeks before Bethel College opened its doors in 1947, Stanley Taylor, Ed.D., and his family moved on campus.  Taylor worked in various roles at the college for 57 years. He was known as dean, registrar, director of teacher  education and also as Bethel’s first contracted faculty member. The log chapel located on the southwest corner of campus is dedicated and named after Stanley and his father, Albert Taylor. After retiring, Stanley continued part time as curator of the Otis Bowen Museum on the Bethel campus, and as one of the founders and board chairman of the Hubbard Hill Retirement Community in Elkhart, Ind. Since 2004 he has resided at The Harbor and the Bridge at Lake  Pointe Landing Retirement Community in Hendersonville, N.C. where he recently passed away. He was 94 years old.


In 2003, his daughter, Marilyn (Taylor ’65) Yoder, interviewed him by video about his early days at Bethel College.  That interview is now inside Bethel’s archives. Here is a small portion of that dialogue.

MY: What were your first official roles?
ST: I was the first registrar and that was one reason I was on duty three weeks before the school opened. I also taught full time, and was the chairman of the psychology department.

MY: Tell us about those first few weeks of school in 1947.
ST: We only had about two, maybe three classrooms, and we didn’t have any bell system. So the first few days, I would watch and go outside and blow the whistle. I guess I blew the whistle on some of the teachers. Then we’d go to the next class. It was pretty, I don’t like the word primitive, but honestly that’s what it was.

MY: What was your first salary in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree and a seminary degree?

ST: I was on duty 10 months being registrar. My first salary for 10 months was $1900. I have to kind of keep in mind that my first year of teaching in a one-room school house in 1936-37 for nine months was $810. So I did do a little bit better.

MY: Where did the students study and how did they get resources?

ST: There was a tall steep pitched roof building right close to the old barn. It was a clubhouse, recreational house. That was the first library and that was there for three years. Mrs. Shupe was the librarian.

MY: Where did Bethel raise its funds?
ST: I should just say that the first year that Bethel opened, if I recall right, they had just a little thin catalog. The tuition per semester per course was $5, but if you were a ministerial student you got a break and it was either $3 or $3.50.

MY: Tell us about the college’s spiritual emphasis.
ST: We would be remiss if we didn’t say something about the spiritual life at Bethel College. We had chapel every day. It was required.

5 Responses to Bethel Says Goodbye to Stanley M. Taylor

  1. Leon "Buzz" Buzitis says:

    Prof Taylor was my history major professor and friend. I was able to visit with him by phone a number of months ago and enjoyed going over old memories. His father married Betty and me and we always thought of Stan and Dorthey as precious memories of our days at Bethel.

    • Marilyn Yoder says:

      Thank you for the comments about my dad. He was truly a caring, wonderful man. He remained that way up to his death.
      Heaven is the winner now. Thanks for calling him earlier. He told me about the conversation. :)
      Marilyn Taylor Yoder

  2. Jaimee Bingle says:

    I was also able to talk to Mr. Taylor about a month before he died. I called him to get some info about a marketing piece I was working on at Bethel. I was so impressed with his memory. I remember thinking when I got of the phone, “I hope my memory is like that when I’m in my 90’s.”

    • Marilyn Yoder says:

      We so appreciate your kind words about my dad. His memory was excellent up until he was “promoted”. The staff at his assisted living facility were all aware that he was wanting to be “promoted” and to see his Lord and his dear wife, Dorothy. That happened with a minimum of pain the the care of Hospice.
      Thanks for sharing.

  3. Marilyn Yoder says:

    Thank you for writing about my dad. You are correct in your analysis of him. He especially loved his grandchildren and the 11 great grandchildren. He arranged a picture of himself and the great grands a month before his death. It seemed like after getting that picture he has indeed “finished” what he needed to do in this life. We miss him.

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