Winston H. Taylor, 83, a former director of the United Methodist Church communications office in Washington, died Sept. 8 at the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. He had a stroke last year.

Mr. Taylor was assistant city editor of a Salem, Ore., newspaper and did public relations work for his denomination around San Francisco before settling in the Washington area in 1960.

He spent the next 22 years working for the church in Washington and in 1998 was elected to the United Methodist Association of Communicators' hall of fame.

From 1984 to 1988, he was manager of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

Winston Howarth Taylor was born in Brunswick, Neb., and raised in Oregon. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.

He was a 1946 business administration graduate of Tulane University and received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1973.

Over the years, he taught journalism writing and editing at U-Md. as well as church public relations at American University.

He was a member of Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring and Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg.

He was the former national president of what is now the Religion Communicators Council. He was former chairman of the Silver Spring library advisory committee.

At Asbury Methodist Village, he was former dean and vice president of the continuing education program.

His wife, Betty Terroy Taylor, whom he married in 1946, died in 2001.

Survivors include five children, Alan W. Taylor of Corvallis, Ore., Hope Taylor-Guevara of Stem, N.C., Brian D. Taylor of Lake City, Fla., Meredith Taylor Jackson of Columbia and Graham A. Taylor of Tempe, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.