It is with great sadness that the Camp America program of the American Institute For Foreign Study Inc. (AIFS) announces that the educational visionary and Founder of our organization, Sir Cyril Taylor, has passed away at the age of 82.
Sir Cyril founded AIFS in 1964 and dedicated his life to the enrichment of young people through education. He brought the Camp America program into the AIFS family in 1969 and 250,000 participants later forged an enduring impact on hearts and minds of generations past, present and future. While we mourn his passing on a global scale we also honor his memory, strength, leadership and entrepreneurial genius with pride and affection. He lives on in the immense value of what we accomplish together for our participants and the greater camp community.
In addition to making AIFS an innovative leader in cultural exchange, he was the founder and Chancellor of Richmond, the American International University in London. 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 was advanced to a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE).
AIFS Chairman William L. Gertz will continue Sir Cyril’s vision and mission of bringing the world together by providing high quality educational and cultural programs to thousands of young people each year around the world.
Read more about the Life of Sir Cyril Taylor.