Haywood W. Taylor Jr.
USDA Analyst, Lay Minister
Haywood Weldon Taylor Jr., 85, an analyst with the Agriculture Department and an Episcopal lay minister, died of kidney failure July 22 at a Richmond hospital after an esophageal hemorrhage. A former Alexandria resident, he lived in Midlothian, Va.,
Mr. Taylor came to Alexandria in 1962 to attend what is now called the Virginia Theological Seminary. He received a master's degree in theology in 1965. While attending the seminary, he worked as a congressional aide for Rep. Harold D. Cooley (D-N.C.).
In 1965, Mr. Taylor joined the Agriculture Department, where he worked as an analyst in the Food and Nutrition Service. He was instrumental in the development of the USDA Food Stamp Program and opened an early pilot program in Mississippi in the late 1960s. He continued to work on a variety of USDA's nutritional projects, including the National School Lunch Program, until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Taylor was born in Darlington, S.C., and grew up in Rocky Mount, N.C. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During World War II, he served in the 749th Railway Operating Battalion in the Philippines, where he was in charge of repairs for the Manila railroad. He directed 20 soldiers and dozens of Philippine laborers.
After his discharge in 1946, he was an inspector with the Atlantic Coastline Railroad in Rocky Mount. He later sold insurance before moving to Alexandria.
Mr. Taylor was a lay Eucharistic minister for the Episcopal diocese of Virginia, serving primarily at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria, where he was a member from 1962 to 1999. He was a charter member of the 749th Railway Veterans Club and belonged to a masonic lodge in Rocky Mount.
In his retirement, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels and for a bag lunch program for the homeless in Alexandria. He drove AIDS patients to medical appointments and also served as treasurer and was a board member of the Bloomfield Foundation, an organization that serves children and young adults with disabilities.
In 1999, Mr. Taylor moved from Alexandria to Midlothian, near Richmond. He was president of the men's club at his retirement community.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Allene Harrison Taylor of Midlothian; two children, Haywood Weldon Taylor III of Richmond and Elizabeth Taylor Catlett of Henderson, N.C.; a sister; and two grandchildren.
World Bank Economist
Peter Wright, 86, a retired economist at the World Bank, died of cancer and Parkinson's disease July 19 at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Wright, who joined the World Bank in 1956, worked in India, Africa, the Caribbean and many other areas of the world. In 1975, at the request of World Bank President Robert McNamara, he mobilized donor support for one of the Bank's most successful multilateral ventures -- the campaign to eliminate river blindness in West Africa, a successful project that has since been expanded to other regions.
Mr. Wright also directed a task force on public administration problems in the client countries that led to a substantial expansion of technical assistance and lending during recent years. He retired in 1983, but for several subsequent years he continued to consult for the Bank.
He was born in London and was a scholarship student at New College, Oxford, where he read philosophy, politics and economics. In World War II, he served in the Royal Artillery in the Middle East and India, reaching the rank of captain. After leaving the British army in 1948, he joined the British treasury and in 1950 worked for the central economic planning staff, where he was responsible for putting together the government's annual economic survey.
In 1956, he joined the World Bank and settled in Georgetown. Within a few years, Mr. Wright became the lead economist for India, a job he found highly rewarding, even though he sometimes disagreed with India's economic policies. He also led or supervised World Bank missions to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Jordan and Libya.
In 1966, Mr. Wright was promoted to economic adviser and then deputy department director in the Western Hemisphere Department, which was responsible for operations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
In 1972, he was promoted to director of the country programs department for Western Africa with responsibility for Bank operations in 18 countries.
After his retirement, Mr. Wright did consulting work for several years. He then devoted himself increasingly to golf, chess, reading and travel with his family. He moved to Alexandria in 1994.
His first wife, Miliza Wright, died in 1986.
Survivors include his wife, Trish Wright of Alexandria; a son from his first marriage, Christopher Wright of Garrett Park; and two grandchildren.