Hobart T. Taylor Jr., 60, an attorney and former director of the Export-Import Bank who was one of the top blacks in government in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died Thursday at Layford Cay in the Bahamas. He had suffered for the past two years from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Mr. Taylor played an active role in the implementation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which he considered one of his most satisfying accomplishments, while serving as an aide to President Johnson.
The son of a wealthy Houston businessman and Johnson political supporter and who was a former Detroit attorney, Mr. Taylor was appointed by President Kennedy as special counsel to the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity shortly after Kennedy's Inauguration in January 1961. He helped draft the executive order establishing the committee and served as the committee's executive vice chairman when Johnson, then Vice President, served as chairman of the committee.
In 1964, when President Johnson named him an Associate Counsel to the President, one of his top advisory staff positions, Mr. Taylor served concurrently in both positions for a year before Johnson appointed him a director of the Export-Import Bank of Washington in 1965.
Mr. Taylor resigned in 1968 to enter private law practice here. He was a partner with the Washington law firm of Dawson, Riddell, Taylor, Davis and Holroyd until 1979, when he became counsel for Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, another Washington law firm.
He served on the boards of directors of a number of U.S. corporations, including Aetna Life Insurance, A&P, Standard Oil of Ohio, Eastern Airlines and Westinghouse.
Born Dec. 17, 1920, in Texarkana, Tex., Mr. Taylor graduated from Prairie View College in Texas. He earned a master's degree from Howard University in 1941 and a law degree in 1943 from the University of Michigan, where he edited the law review.
Before coming to Washington in 1961, he served as research clerk for the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, as assistant prosecuting attorney and corporation counsel for Wayne County (Detroit), Mich., and was senior partner of his own law firm in Detroit.
Mr. Taylor, who lived in Middleburg, Va., received four honorary degrees and numerous awards and commendations for distinguished public service.
He was an official of the Democratic National Committee and the NAACP and a board member or trustee of several educational institutions. An art collector and music lover, he also was a vice chairman and trustee of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Taylor served on the Commission on Postal Service and the Commission on Executive Exchange in the Carter administration.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; two sons, Hobart III and Albert; two stepchildren, Edward Rader and Teresa Warner, and his mother, Charlotte Wallace Taylor of Houston.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hobart Taylor Jr. Memorial Fund at Baylor University Medical College in Houston.