John Wilkinson Taylor (educator)

John Wilkinson Taylor ( born September 2, 1906 in Covington, Kentucky, † December 11, 2001 in Denver, Colorado) was Acting on 2 December 1952 to July 3, 1953 Director-General of UNESCO.

John Wilkinson Taylor was born the son of John Wesley and Ethel Taylor nee Wilkinson. In 1929 he received his Bachelor, 1930 his Masters and 1936 he was invited by Columbia University Teachers College for Ph. D. doctorate. Since the end of the twenties, he worked as a teacher, among other things, from 1930 to 1931 as an English teacher at the Kaiser -Friedrich -Real Gymnasium in Berlin -Neukölln. From 1938 to 1940 he was assistant to the president of the Louisiana State University. During the Second World War he was an officer, last lieutenant colonel. From 1947 to 1950 he served as president of the University of Louisville. From 1951 to 1954 he was Deputy Director-General of UNESCO. He officiated interim basis after the early exit by Jaime Torres Bodet until the election of Luther H. Evans as Director General.

Taylor was married in first marriage to Katherine Willis Wright, with whom he had a son, his second wife, Helen Hutchinson Greene and his third wife with June Cornell Fairbank.


  • Youth Welfare in Germany. Baird -Ward, Nashville 1936, Dissertation