Statement from the National Society for the Gifted and Talented
January 31, 2018
It is with great sadness that the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) announces that educational visionary and Founder, Sir Cyril Taylor, has passed away at the age of 82.
Sir Cyril founded the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) in 1964 and dedicated his life to the enrichment of young people through education. He was the founder and Chancellor of Richmond, the American International University in London.
In 2005, Sir Cyril founded the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) in his recognition of the needs of gifted and talented children across the globe. Sir Cyril was a charter member of the NSGT Board of Trustees and served continuously as a Trustee until his passing.
For 20 years he served as advisor to ten successive Secretaries of State for Education on the Specialist Schools and Academies initiative. Due to his efforts, over 300 million British pounds in sponsorship funds were raised to help schools elevate their standards of performance.
In 1989, Cyril was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his dedication and contribution to education, and in 2003, he was advanced to a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE).
AIFS, led by President and CEO, William L. Gertz, will continue to support Sir Cyril’s mission of bringing the world together by providing high quality educational and cultural programs to thousands of young people every year around the world.
Our deepest sympathies go to Sir Cyril’s daughter Kirsten and his extended family.
Read more about the life of Sir Cyril Taylor.