- 100 Years
- In Every Field
- Awards and Awardees
- Virtual Exhibit
- Elbert Strothers
- George F. David III
- Howard L. Tutman Jr.
- James Fleming
- Melvin Jackson
- William Clem, II
Idell William Edward Taylor was born in Lewes DE, a small community located on the southern shores of the Delaware Bay. The year was 1913. He attended public schools and subsequently enrolled in Lincoln University (PA). He was initiated into the Epsilon of Kappa Alpha Psi in 1932. He earned B.A. and Bachelor of Theology degrees and later received Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University.
Taylor, affectionately known as “PROF”, was an achiever in the true Kappa Spirit. He had a vision and kept his eye on the prize. He became Professor of English at Lincoln University and later Professor of Psychology and Dean of Men at Delaware State College. In 1947 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State College.
He assisted in chartering the Beta Sigma of Kappa Alpha Psi at Delaware State College. Prof served on numerous Fraternity boards and committees: chapter, province and national. During 1951-52 and 1960-63 he was a member of the Eastern Province Board of Directors. From 1954-56 he was the Polemarch of the BAC and served as advisor to every Polemarch that succeeded him. At the 45th Grand Chapter in Columbus OH in December 1955 Taylor and Donald Smith conducted an Undergraduate Affairs Workshop. He played an important role in the purchase of the first Baltimore Alumni Chapter House.
In 1956 he served as Chairman of the Committee on Laurel Wreath Standards and the Committee on Undergraduate Affairs. In 1959 at the 49th Grand Chapter in Philadelphia he presented an important paper: “Fraternity Integration with College Objectives”. He was the initial author of the SCROLLER MANUAL. He developed a booklet to provide protocol guidelines and awareness for all members.
He was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, a board member of the Druid Hill Branch of the YMCA. He was affiliated with the Star in the East Lodge of Free Masons in Delaware.
Some think that his greatest legacy will be the positive guidance he gave dozens of young Kappas while serving as Advisor to the Alpha Iota from 1947 until his retirement in 1980.
In February 1986 Prof joined the Chapter Invisible at the age of 73.