April 06, 2011
Tulane President Scott Cowen congratulates Phyllis Taylor for her new honor. (Photos by Sally Asher)
Tulane University Law School alum Phyllis M. Taylor (L ’66) is this year’s recipient of the Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award. Established in 1996 to honor the memory of Dermot McGlinchey, who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences of Tulane University in 1954 and Tulane Law School in 1957, the award honors “those who have demonstrated service and volunteer involvement and commitment to Tulane and their hometown communities.”
The Tulane Alumni Association spotlighted several alumni stars on Sunday (April 3) at the annual awards celebration. Headlining the honorees was noted political commentator Newt Gingrich, who was on hand to receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Audubon Tea Room. The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gingrich holds two degrees from Tulane — a master’s degree (1968) and Ph.D. (1971), both in history.
About Phyllis M. Taylor
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Energy Company LLC, a position she has filled since the death of her husband, Patrick F. Taylor, in November 2004, Phyllis Taylor has given of herself tirelessly to numerous organizations in the realm of philanthropy over the past 25 years and continues to do so daily. Most notably, Mrs. Taylor is chairman and president of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, a philanthropic organization she started with her husband in 1985. Although best known for its work in education through the promotion of the Taylor Plan/TOPS, the Foundation also supports law enforcement, the military, and other humanitarian efforts. In addition, Mrs. Taylor serves on the New Orleans Business Council and the Education Commission of the States, as well as on the boards of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Smithsonian National Board, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Marine Support Group of New Orleans.
Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award Past Recipients
2010 Charles Byron Wilson, M.D.
2009 R. Hunter Pierson
2008 William Allan Goldring
2007 Bertie Deming Smith
2005 Martin D. Payson
2004 James W. Wilson, Jr.
2003 The Honorable Lindy Claiborne Boggs
2002 Dr. Ruth Kirschstein
2001 Senator John J. Hainkel
2000 James R. Nieset
1998 James M. Cain
1997 A. Lane Plauché
1996 Donald J. Nalty Sr.
The criteria for this award are as follows:
• Outstanding career accomplishments and/or excellence in a chosen field of endeavor
• Service to the community
• Significant volunteer leadership at Tulane
• Awards from other organizations
• Commitment to the University