Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


David Paul Taylor

February 4, 1957September 7, 2020

David Paul Taylor was born on February 4, 1957 and passed away on September 7, 2020 and is under the care of Nelsen Williamsburg.

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Scott Silverman

September 20, 2020

My fondest memory of David was an afternoon we spent in Santa Fe, NM. We had a business trip to Albuquerque and Santa Fe to visit a company that makes superconducting instruments. After our visit, we had lunch in downtown Santa Fe and a long walk around. The weather was warm and beautiful. I remember David and I looking at public art displays as well as the gardens and small houses around the neighborhood.

David and I did not talk much about work or I just do not remember that part of the conversation much. He told me about his fishing trips and how he got hooked by the experience of going on a charter trip and catching big fish. Basically, we had a relaxing afternoon, which is a rare thing on a business trip. I remember that he summed it up by saying it was lovely and thanking me. I was his boss after all, but I was just as much thankful.

David was a kind, funny, and generous man. He shared the fish he caught, and it was fresh and good. He gave me interesting and clever toys for my kids that he knew were fun but educational. He suggested ways to keep my youngest son interested in astronomy. I will remember David as a thoughtful, gentle, big man.

Rest in peace David, I will miss you.

Lee Steffeney

September 18, 2020

I was very saddened to hear of Dave's passing. He was great guy and great to work with. He was extremely intelligent and you would always learn something from him.

My condolences to the entire family. Dave....you will be missed!
Rest in peace my friend, it was a pleasure to work with you and know you.

Meg Abraham

September 18, 2020

Dave, I will miss the conventions over coffee at Starbucks or email that were always a walk down the science path less traveled. Be it photons, plasmons or protons you always found a new and exciting way to look at the world. I will miss the discussion on investments. I will miss the conferences and the windows into the future they presented. I will miss the chats on ancient Chinese sward making and on the physics of push-hands. I will miss looking at the stacks of books in your office and thinking "they are taller than I am and we are in earthquake country". I will miss your incredible joy in all your children and never forget seeing you hold your first born boy with a giant grin on your face.
Rest in peace old friend, we miss you

Suzanne Long

September 18, 2020

It is so hard when someone is with us one moment and then unexpectedly is called home to heaven. David I am sure you are debating a great many things with the angles and now many of your theories can be confirmed. I believe you will continue to watch after your amazing children as they grow into incredible adults. To those you have left behind I hope they are comforted by the grace of God in this time of loss and sorrow.

Gerald Sharp

September 17, 2020

I’m so very sorry to hear this news, Dave. I'm positive I heard your voice speaking to me on the 6th or 7th about an idea you and I had been batting around, and your political position on “entitlements” (which was something we never agreed on). You helped me in so many ways, and you were constantly synthesizing knowledge on so many levels--I admire you greatly for that. You were the most passionate T’ai Chi student I ever had, and your affinity for the dynamics was unparalleled. You loved “internal adhesion of the elbows,” and now you’re free to learn more with Teacher Ma Yueh Liang. God Bless You Dave—All the Very Best, My Friend!

Ying Yang

September 16, 2020

When I first got my driver's license, you told me, "Soon or later, someone will have a car accident. When you came to park, there was always a stain on your shirt. I will also remember how you enjoyed the Chinese red wine at Gerry and my wedding. Rest in peace my friend, Gerry, Jeremy and I will always miss you!

Kevin A'Hearn

September 16, 2020

Fond memories of many Fridays in the park doing tai chi push hands. And sadness that we'll no longer be able to start again since reconnecting a few weeks ago, after a ten year break. Prayers for your family as they work their way through this huge change. Rest in peace, Dave!

Joe O’Connell

September 14, 2020

I only had the privilege of working with David for six months. In that short time we started collaborating on some very interesting research projects, the best kind because they were “pet projects”. It was refreshing to see his exuberance and passion. You will be missed David, but we know that you are at peace.

Gugu Rutherford

September 14, 2020

David worked with our team for a year, but his expertise and wit added to our team dynamic. I will miss how David was able to find elements of our work that he enjoyed working. He and I both shared a passion for spectroscopy, and I instantly felt that I had a co-lead to develop a legacy of work. David was passionate about mentoring interns and always took the time to help them develop new skills. I don't know if he knew this, but David was a mentor to me as well. His experience in the aerospace industry helped me with many of our projects. I always looked at his insight to help our team to solve challenges and provide solutions. David will always be a valued member of our team, and we will miss his presence. My sincere condolences for his family and I will keep them in my prayers.

Wade May

September 11, 2020

David was smarter than the rest of us. I always learned something when I talked with David. And yet, he always had a thirst for more knowledge. He didn't know everything, but he seemed determine to learn as much as he could. I only knew him for a year, but I will remember him for always. My sincere condolences for his family.

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