Sally Coxe Taylor, widow of former Globe publisher, dies at 82

Boston-3/19/98- Mrs. William O. Taylor.
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Sally Coxe Taylor

Sally Coxe Taylor, the widow of former longtime Boston Globe publisher William O. Taylor II, died Thursday of complications from a fall. Mrs. Taylor, who was 82 and lived in Boston, had suffered a head injury a day earlier while walking her dog.

Preferring to remain out of the spotlight during her husband’s many years as a Globe executive, Mrs. Taylor kept such a low profile that when she occasionally reviewed children’s books for the newspaper in the late 1960s, she was identified as “the mother of three boys” or “a Medfield wife and mother.”

Sally Piper Coxe was a daughter of Henry B. Coxe Jr., a lawyer in Philadelphia, and the former Helen E. Piper. Mrs. Taylor attended the Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., and graduated from Radcliffe College. She also had served on the staff of former New York governor Nelson Rockefeller in Albany, N.Y.


In 1959, she married William O. Taylor II, who in 1978 was named publisher of the Globe, the fourth generation of his family to run the newspaper. Mr. Taylor served as publisher until retiring in 1997 and was chairman emeritus of the Globe when he died, at 78, in 2011.

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The couple had three sons, William Davis Taylor, Edmund Coxe Taylor, and Augustus Rumrill Taylor. Mrs. Taylor’s oldest son, Davis, who lived in Wellesley, died last year.

Mrs. Taylor’s survivors include her other two sons, Ned of San Francisco and Gus of Maui, Hawaii; her brother, Harry Coxe of Penllyn, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

A service will be announced.

A complete obituary will follow.
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