Maurine Holbert Hogaboom, a good friend of St. Mary's College, Historic St. Mary's City, and Trinity Episcopal Church, died March 29, 2010, at age 98. Maurine entered our sphere in 1978 when she portrayed Eleanor of Aquitaine in the Lion in Winter at the St. Mary's City State House. It was here she met and, in 1982, married Marine General Robert Hogaboom who had spearheaded the creation of Historic St. Mary's City. Maurine, a New York actress in the 1930s, was blacklisted by the House on Un-American Activities Committee in the late 1950s because of her involvement with interracial theatre. She earned a B.A. from Fordham University, and later, at age 65, an M.A. from Goddard College. Maurine's home in St. Mary's City became a "synthesis center" for meditation and exercise, one aspect of her dream of establishing a life-long learning center. She was also involved with many benefit performances here and was a resource for theater students. Her affection for the "three C's" (College, City, and Church) will be remembered.
Francis E. Taylor, Sr., died November 6, 2009, in Washington, D.C., at age 90. A native of Ridge, Maryland, he lived for many years in St. Mary's City right next door to the College. In 1950, he and his wife of 62 years, Loretta "Tiny" Taylor, co-founded Taylor Gas Company in Lexington Park. An active member of many civic and community organizations, he also served on a variety of committees and commissions serving St. Mary's County. In 2004, Francis and Loretta were honored by St. Mary's Ryken High School as "Pillars of the Community." As friends of the College, the Taylors established The Francis and Loretta Taylor Endowed Scholarship to make it possible for a St. Mary's Ryken graduate to attend St. Mary's. In 2009, Francis and Loretta received the Lexington Park Rotary Club's "Service Above Self" award in recognition of their many years of community service. Francis is survived by his wife and his children, Frank and Susan Davis Taylor '74, Robert and Linda Taylor, Marie and Brian Tarleton, Bertie and Joe Birch, who recently retired from the College, and David and Terri Taylor, and Bernard Taylor '83; 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.