Herbert F. Taylor Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to WPI
This award is named in honor of Herbert Foster Taylor, Class of 1912, the first full-time alumni Secretary-Treasurer. Recipients will have demonstrated an extraordinary personal commitment and exceptional service to WPI and/or the WPI Alumni Association, and through his or her leadership efforts will have affected positive change on behalf of the university.
Herb Taylor returned to WPI in 1920 as a professor of civil engineering and served as part-time secretary of the Association from 1921 until he became the first full-time secretary in 1924. During the next two decades he energetically conceived and implemented a variety of alumni projects that included the Alumni Fund, student recruiting program, a placement bureau, and many other meaningful activities that survive today.