Charles Taylor came from New Oxford, Pa. where his father was the principal of schools. Following military service in WWII, Charles attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1950 with a B.S. degree. He later would obtain a Master's degree from the University of Maryland.
Charles started his career at Franklin and Marshall in 1955 as an athletic trainer, teacher of Physical Education and live in dorm proctor. In 1962 he was granted tenure and the following year he became an Assistant Professor of Physical Education. From 1968 to 1971 he was also the head men’s basketball coach. From 1971 to his retirement in 1991, he was the Dean of Athletic Trainers in the Middle Atlantic Region.
Taylor was highly regarded by his colleagues and was beloved among F&M athletes. Stories abound about Chuck’s treatment of injuries and his ability to diagnose injuries just by seeing an injury occur, his ability to improvise special pads, and the healing power of cigar ashes sprinkled on a good tape job.
He was also the person that had to adjust from treating only male athletes to tending to the needs of both men and women in a coed setting.
Charles Taylor was a legend in his own time.