Edward F. Taylor (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1956
Born: 1914, Colorado
Died: 11/09/1970, Denver, CO
Throughout his life, Edward F. Taylor was active in all aspects of skiing but was especially devoted to skiing safety. Many simply knew him as "Mr. Ski Patrol." As a student at Colorado's School of Mines he had been co-captain of the ski team in 1934. He helped to found the Rocky Mountain Inter-Collegiate Ski Association. In 1937 he became a volunteer ski patroller at Berthoud Pass moving up from there to more senior positions until he became the National Ski Patrol Division Chairman in 1941. He was the National Director of the National Ski Patrol System from 1949 to 1956.
He was one of the ski leaders responsible for persuading the War Department to organize a ski troop training program prior to World War II. After the war he was the executive vice-president of American Snoblast Corporation and was consulted throughout the world on avalanche control and snow removal problems. He served on two Olympic Committees for the winter games in 1948 and was the director of alpine events for the FIS World Championships in 1950.