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PROF. DR. PHILIP M. TAYLOR, B.A, Ph.D., F.R. Hist. S, (Former CMIWS Adjunct Professor, 2005-2010)
Professor of International Communications
Institute of Communications Studies
University of Leeds, UK

Dr. Phil Taylor is Professor of International Communications at the University of Leeds. His many publications include 'War and the Media: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Gulf War' (2nd edition 1997); 'Munitions of the Mind: a history of propaganda from the ancient world to present day (3rd edition 2003); 'Global Communications, International Affairs and the Media since 1945' (1997) and 'British Propaganda in the 20t Century: Selling Democracy' (1999).

Tribute to Prof. Dr. Philip M Taylor by Prof Rajib Ghani
Tribute to Prof Dr Philip M Taylor by Prof Dr Faridah Ibrahim

The following Tribute is from Barbara Moores from Leeds, UK – a close friend of Phil Taylor and Rajib, who believed both Taylor and Rajib were soul mates and the best of friends.

A Tribute to Phil Taylor from Barbara Moores
School of History, University of Leeds, 1977-1980

Having been encouraged by Phil Taylor the previous term, in September 1978 I was elected to be  President of the History Society. Phil was starting his first year as a Lecturer and we appreciated his unique friendliness and enthusiasm. He was really keen to see the History Society succeed. He agreed to give a speech at the Annual Dinner which was concise and hilarious. In the following term, to boost the attendance at the Society’s guest lectures, he agreed to give a one off lecture on ‘The Beatles -Controversies and Conspiracies’. Needless to say the lecture was packed. I still have his original lecture notes today!! Priceless!

Our worlds collided again in 2000 as I began a PGCE course at Trinity and All Saints College. When I started my teaching career he gave me the same advice I heard Gary Rawnsley mention at Phil’s funeral: speak to them not at them. He also added ‘just be yourself’. Phil’s advice always came from personal experience and it always worked.

Phil spoke of his colleagues and students as his ‘family’. He was an intuitive, compassionate and generous ‘parent’. He believed in them and steadfastly encouraged them to be aspirational. My children thrived on his ‘kitchen table tutorials’.
How apt that Phil chose this Beatles’ lyric to be played at his funeral:’ And in the end, The love you take, Is equal to the love you make’. Phil was one of life’s givers and I think we will all agree that the love he took was far outweighed by the love he gave.

 

 


 

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