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About Jacob Taylor, O.D., JP


Mr. Jacob Taylor was born in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth, on October 18, 1918. He worked closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) for many years where he served as a member of the Board and as Director of the Coastal Zone Branch, formerly the Recreation and Conservation Division of the Natural Resources Conservation Division (NRCD) between 1975 and 1989.

He was a founding member of the Beach Control Authority (BCA), created in 1956. He worked with the BCA from its inception, first serving as Assistant Secretary/Accountant and became Secretary in 1963. The BCA and the Watersheds Protection Commission merged in 1975 to form the Natural Resources Conservation Department (NRCD).

Mr. Taylor had a long and distinguished career in the civil service where he worked for some 37 years. He joined the service, in 1937, as a Temporary Clerk in the Courts and Customs Office and, in 1938, was appointed a Permanent Officer in the Surveys Department, where he spent ten years. He later served for five years as a Trust Officer in the Office of the Trustee in Bankruptcy. He was assigned on secondment for one year as Assistant Secretary and Financial Controller to the "Jamaica 300" Celebrations Committee in 1955. He also worked as Associate Evaluator to the USAID Mission for six months in 1962. He retired from the Civil Service in 1975, and two years later, in 1977 was awarded the order of Distinction (OD) for pioneering work in the field of Beach Control.

Because of his specialist knowledge and expertise in laws and policies related to beach control and coastal zone management, he was reappointed on a contractual basis to serve as a Director in the Recreation and Conservation Division of the NRCD. He continued to work in a consultative capacity at the NRCA where he was Manager of the Lifeguard Examination/Certification Programme up to the time of his death.

Mr. Taylor died on August 11, 1995 at the age of seventy seven (77). He is survived by wife Rubylin, daughter Alison and sons Bruce and Deryck.

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