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Stewart Taylor '59

Stewart Taylor graduated from the University of San Diego’s College for Men in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he came to USD in 1956 with help from the G.I. Bill. Stewart’s brother, Grant Taylor, transferred to the College of Men and earned a BBA in 1958.


What have you been up to since graduation?

Stewart, 77, is retired after working for several years for Bank of America. He is has been an active member in the Kiwanis service organization. While a college student, he was a member of the university’s Circle K Club. Stewart is currently a member of the Bonita, Calif., Kiwanis Club.


What is your fondest memory of USD?

Then Vice-President Richard Nixon presented he and his classmates with their degrees in 1959. “I remember that when he arrived, the main entrance was lined with Navy recruits in full military dress. It was an astounding vision of the military.”


What is your favorite place on campus, why?

The "Immaculata" was under construction at the time I was attending the College for Men and it was impressive. I'll never forget when the cross was being placed on the steeple the helicopter went sideways and the cable was still attached to the cross and almost crashed into the church.

Also, the Student Life Pavilion is a beautiful multi-purpose building with a great cafeteria.  The Plaza Major entrance, over the paver stones with mine and my brother’s names with others, is a cherished encounter.


Who was your favorite USD professor or class?

Stewart recalled that many retired business executives spoke at his business administration classes. One of the best bits of advice he got came when a beer advertising executive told his class that “when you’re in business, you want to get right into it with the workers. He said he helped deliver the beer to know exactly what was going on.”


How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?

Stewart was a member of the USD Alumni Board and often gave recommendations for USD graduates to Bank of America. He is a member of USD’s President’s Club and attends a variety of its social events on and off campus. He established the Ernest Backhaus Memorial Endowed Scholarship at USD in honor of his dear friend who lived to age 101. Stewart recently purchased two Student Life Pavilion pavers, one with his name and one for his brother Grant.


If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?

As soon as possible take one of the Dale Carnegie-training classes which will open you up for the business/sales world.  It would be wonderful for all to have this experience.

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