Sherri Taylor

Sherri A. Taylor

Saturday, August 5th, 1950 - Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Sherri Taylor of Syracuse died Oct. 19 at home.

Born in Washington, D.C., Taylor was raised in Irving, Texas. For the past 30 years, she was an instructor of graphic design at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she impacted the lives of thousands of students who knew her as funny, tough and kind. She was passionate about design and committed to her students and their success. 

She wanted to be remembered as a good human being giving her parents credit. Anyone who knew Sherri would definitely agree.

Taylor taught introductory and advanced graphic design courses and worked with students on award-winning collaborative projects, including for The Eddie Adams Workshop, the Alexia Foundation, MPJ Magazine and Syracuse nonprofit organizations.  

In addition to her teaching duties, Taylor was director of the Empire State School Press Association, the scholastic journalism organization for New York, and the former School Press Institute, a summer workshop for high school journalists. She also created and led J-Camp, a summer journalism workshop for Syracuse high school students. 

Before joining the Newhouse School, Taylor worked at newspapers in Syracuse and Dallas. Prior to that, she taught high school journalism at Irving High School in Texas, where she was also a publications consultant and workshop speaker. 

In 2017, Taylor was honored by the Association of Texas Photography Instructors with the Star of Texas Award for her contributions to photographic education in Texas. She also earned the Trailblazer Award from the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, Special Recognition Adviser from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Texas Journalism Teacher of the Year from the Interscholastic League Press Conference, the Gold Key from the Columbia (University) Scholastic Press Association and the Pioneer Award from the  National Scholastic Press Association.

She was also a co-author of a textbook on scholastic journalism currently used in high schools across the country.

At Syracuse University, she was honored with the Teacher of the Year award from University College, three nominations for Female Educator of the Year by Eta Pi Upsilon Sigma and a nomination for an Outstanding Teaching award from the Greek Awards Committee. 

Taylor is survived by a sister, Vicki Boutwell, of Irving, and Dot, Sherri’s canine companion. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert E. and Mary (Powers) Taylor.

Services will be private.

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Amy Aills

Posted at 02:28pm
I am very sorry to hear of Sherri Taylor's passing. I was fortunate to be a student in her introduction to graphic design class. Twenty years later I refer to her wisdom and advice such as "the worst thing you can do is sit down at your computer without a plan!" She was a wonderful teacher. I still use one of the logos I created in her class and wonder what she would think of certain designs. My condolences to her family and friends.

Sincerely, Amy Aills Eppolito


Posted at 05:04pm
Our deepest condolences on the passing of what one of Sherri's friends described as "the loss of a kind and generous heart". Sherri "wanted to be remembered as a good human being". She will be remembered for that and for her very special life as an educator and dear friend to both people and animals. With an open heart, Sherri became a foster parent and then chose to adopt and share her life with "Dot", a homeless, ill pup who was medically assisted through the "Leg Up Fund", an Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse program. Sherri's family continues to love and care for Dot.
Thank you, Sherri, for the life you led, the many contributions you made, and for being that amazingly kind and generous heart! Your friends with the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse

Vicki Krisak

Posted at 01:49pm
I was shocked and so sad to learn of Sherri's death, and send sincere condolences to her family and many dear friends. Sherri was my partner in a big scholastic journalist teaching day for 15 years, and probably worked on the event before I joined the local Syracuse newspaper that coordinated it. She had an amazing passion for education, art, and journalism, and in doing so she enriched the lives of thousands of Central New York kids. And every single year, she was patient and supportive with me. SU has lost a shining star, and so has the Syracuse community.

Suzie Siegel

Posted at 11:21am
Sherri was the best teacher I ever had. I was editor of the Tiger Rag and graduated in 1977. I went on to be a newspaper reporter and editor before my retirement. I owe my career to Sherri, a great journalist who encouraged her students so much. She gave us so much freedom to learn, and she was so much fun to be around. I will miss her dearly.

Michele Woyciesjes

Posted at 09:15am
I met Sherri at Maple Downs. As an Activity Coordinator, I welcome new residents and get to hear their stories. Sherri wasn't here long, but she made a great impact on me. Dot and I connected right from the start. I've adopted her beloved companion and plan to make her our Maple Downs' Mascot. As a community, we plan to love Dot through her loss. Blessings, peace and healing to all who are missing Sherri.

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