Sunday, July 14, 2019

We remember Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White.

As many of you know, Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White, Richmond historian and educator, died on June 15, 2019. Alyson contributed to our site with several essays on various topics of Richmond history. Alyson was a very warm and genuine caring person. She was generous with her time. She had a passion for history in the true sense and loved to share what she had learned. I wish I had known her longer. 

You can get a sense of Alyson's personality and interests by looking at her Facebook page which is still available to view. 

Her family is having a service for her this week. They authored this obituary which I am sharing below. We will miss her very much.

- Ray Bonis


Obituary for Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White

It is with great sadness the family of Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White announce her passing on June 15th at the age of 65. A life ended too soon, but one that left a profound impact on so many.

Alyson was predeceased by her husband of more than 30 years, Roger A. Habeck who passed away in January 2018. She is survived by her two brothers James Martin Taylor, Jr. and Gregory Dennis Taylor and his wife Sue, as well as her beloved four footed furry companions, Dixie Belle and Gracie Mae. She will be deeply missed by many extended family members and friends. 

Alyson was an award-winning writer, journalist, historian and educator with deep roots in Virginia.

She was co-owner of the Virginia Review, a journal for government and political leaders in Virginia, where she was a writer, photographer and the editor for 25 years. 

She founded the company “Tours, Tales & More” that was an educational editorial, copy writing, historical research, preservation and tourism related consultancy company.

She was an adjunct instructor at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Osher Institute, at the University of Richmond where she taught courses that featuring local and state history.

Her book “Shockoe Hill Cemetery, A Richmond Landmark History” was published in 2017 through the History Press.

Alyson was passionate about history, which in her own words “led her on a fabulous literary and education adventure”. She had a special talent for telling a story whether it was in her book, the classroom, leading a tour or as a volunteer at a numerous historical venues within the Richmond region. 

A celebration of Alyson’s life is to be held on Wednesday July 17th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture – Halsey Lecture Hall, 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. .


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