Raymond M. Taylor, 80, a retired vice president of Shannon and Luchs realtors and an authority on commercial leasing, died Thursday at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease.
He had been with the real estate firm from 1925 until retiring in 1975 and had been a vice president since 1937.
Mr. Taylor handled the leasing of business properties in downtown Washington and in more than 20 shopping centers in the Washington area, including the first one built here in 1930 at Connecticut Avenue and Ordway Street NW.
Other shopping centers that he handled included Shirlington in Virginia, Wildwood Manor in Bethesda and the Apex Center in Northwest Washington. He negotiated leases with such firms as Woolworth, Safeway, Grand Union, Hot Shoppes, Peoples Drug Stores and A. S. Beck Shoe Co.
During World War II and the Korean conflict, Mr. Taylor leased more than 10 properties to the federal government for offices and other purposes.
He was a member of the Washington Board of Realtors and serves as its president in 1949. He also had beeh a member of the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Home Builders Association.
Mr. Taylor was born in Washington. He was a graduate of Eastern High School and attended George Washington University.
He was active in a number of civic organizations, including the downtown Kiwanis Club and the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C. He had served as a director of the Merrick Boys Camp and of the National Capital USO. He belonged to the Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Washington.
He is survived by his wife, the former Nina Davis, of the home in Washington; a son, Richard N., of Washington; a daughter, Shirley Burns, of Baltimore; a brother, Waverly of Potomac, and six grandchildren.