Patrick F. Taylor

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Patrick F. Taylor (June 12, 1937 – November 6, 2004) was an American businessman, who was founder and CEO of the independent oil company Taylor Energy Company.


Taylor graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in petroleum engineering. After working for independent oilman John W. Mecom, Sr., he established a consulting company. Along with Mecom, he founded the Circle Bar Drilling company in the 1970s. After Circle Bar was sold, he started Taylor Energy Company. Taylor Energy became the largest privately held oil and gas company in the Gulf of Mexico.

Taylor had a strong interest in education and humanitarian causes. He developed and promoted the "Taylor Plan", adopted in Louisiana in 1998, which provides academically qualified students with state-paid tuition to college. It is known as the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS for short.[1]

In 2004, Taylor was named #234 to the Forbes 400, a list compiled by Forbes magazine of the 400 richest Americans.[2]

Tayloy donated the statue of "Iron Mike" to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia. His wife had also donated millions of dollars in contribution to the school funds for a new and improved school.

Before his death in 2004, the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Jefferson, Louisiana was named after him. Each year, the school celebrates Founder's Day to honor the man who gave so much to Louisiana education. Taylor's widowed wife continues to play a close role with the school, visiting often, taking part in graduations, and accompanying students on trips to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

In 2007, a building on the LSU campus was renamed in honor of Taylor and all his accomplishments.

In 2009, Taylor was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, Louisiana.[3]



  1. ^ "TOPS Index page". 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Forbes Magazine-The 400 Richest Americans September 24, 2004". Forbes magazine. 
  3. ^ "Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame". Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  4. ^ "CEBA". Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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