Elon University staff member, former Burlington Times-News editor, dies at 62

Madison Taylor, development writer for University Advancement and career journalist, is remembered by family, friends and the community he served


Roselee Papandrea Taylor met her husband at a job interview. Madison Taylor, who worked at the Jacksonville Daily at the time, interviewed her and immediately became her editor. The pair worked together for months before going on their first “non-date date,” and then making their relationship official the day before Thanksgiving. That day, Roselee told Madison to meet her at her father’s house, where her father looked at the two and said, “Lois and Clark.” That sealed the deal, Roselee said, and the two were engaged and married shortly after.

“There wasn’t a day in our marriage that I did not know he was in love with me,” Roselee said, “I was the center of his world, and that was always apparent to me.”

Taylor, who served as a development writer for University Advancement and was a former Burlington Times-News executive editor, died on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 6. at age 62 at Duke Hospital after battling pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. 

Taylor joined the Elon University community in 2017, after over 30 years as a newspaper reporter, designer and editor. As a development writer, Taylor told stories of what scholarships meant to Elon students, how new buildings and programs enrich the student experience and produced requests of support for scholarships and campus initiatives.

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