Newsman left mark on Seguin

John Taylor

John Taylor, 88, remembered as Gazette publisher, local leader This article was originally published in the Seguin Gazette. SEGUIN — A widely renowned "old-school" Texas newsman whose love for journalism might only have been surpassed by his adoration for this community has ended his tenure as publisher emeritus of the Seguin Gazette. John Taylor, who bought the Gazette in 1954 and built it into a South Texas publishing powerhouse that printed more than 30 other newspapers, died Friday at a South Austin hospital. He was 88 years old. Funeral arrangements were pending Monday at Goetz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Taylor's family asks donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. For information, log on to the association's website at www.alz.org. Seguin Gazette Editor and Publisher Jeff Fowler did not know Taylor personally, but is familiar with his contributions both in the newspaper Taylor built and in his service to his community and his profession. "John Taylor was of an era when newspapers were king and he built the Seguin Gazette accordingly," Fowler said Monday. "He left a legacy in Texas journalism and an unsurpassed example in public service — in 'giving back' — to his community that should inspire us all. I would be proud if in my service to the industry and our community I was able to achieve a fraction of the accomplishments John Taylor managed in a long and important career."