For Monecia Helton Taylor ’81, more than three decades of separation from life as a Mary Washington student have only strengthened the connection she has with her alma mater.
Taylor is a member of the University Foundation Board. A former director of development at UMW, she served several years as a member of the UMW Alumni Association Board of Directors, holding a longtime spot on its executive committee and serving from 2004 to 2006 as president.
For her enduring commitment to promoting Mary Washington, Taylor received the Frances Liebenow Armstrong ’36 Service Award, which recognizes alumni for the longevity, consistency, and breadth of contributions. Alumni awards were presented during Reunion Weekend.
Taylor has given to Mary Washington’s celebrated Great Lives series. She has been a friend of the UMW-administered James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library and Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont and a member of the boards of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra and the UMW Historic Preservation Council.
Taylor, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mary Washington, supports today’s students through the George and Monecia Helton Taylor ’81 Scholarship in Business, which she established with her late husband.
Often seen at University events, Taylor lives in Fredericksburg. She is an associate director at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.