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Deafness no obstacle for Father of the Year



The Franklin News Post
Monday, June 16, 2014

Original Article:

Father's Day is extra special this year for Harry Lynn Taylor of Glade Hill, as he has been named the Virginia Association of the Deaf's (VAD) 2014 Father of the Year.

"My father was nominated for this award because he and my mother are both good examples of what deaf parents should be," said Taylor's daughter, Tammy Taylor Fortune.

Both Taylor and his wife Margaret Spangler Taylor are deaf.

Each year, the VAD nominates a Father of the Year, as well as a Mother of the Year, to be recognized for their contributions as parents and to deaf-related organizations or local civic affairs.

Taylor was one of four children born to the late John and Lillian Taylor of Carterton.

At the age of 6 weeks, Taylor contracted whooping cough and measles, resulting in deafness, for which there is no cure.

Taylor was enrolled at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) in 1947 and graduated in 1960 as class salutatorian.

While in school, Taylor was immediately introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) and excelled academically, as well as athletically. He loved basketball, football and baseball, with his quickness earning him the nickname, "Speedy."

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