Former WPCI president Wilma Taylor, 85, died Jan. 6, 2018, at Hoosier Village Retirement Center in Zionsville.
Taylor had a storied career in journalism education, books (her only novel won first prize in the National Federation of Press Women contest) and Woman’s Press Club of Indiana.
She was WPCI president in 2001-2003, during which the club hosted the National Federation of Press Women Convention in Indianapolis in September 2001. The conference was not canceled in the wake of the Twin Towers attack on Sept. 11, 2001, despite the fact that conference registrants were caught en-route with canceled flights and had to change their travel plans or return home. A hardy group soldiered on, and the chapter and city did them proud, WPCI secretary Marion Garmel recalled.
“Wilma was WPCI president, (the late WPCI member) Jackie Davis was conference chairman, and Vivien Sadowski was president of NFPW,” Garmel said in an email to members announcing Taylor’s death. “Wilma’s late husband, Norman Taylor, was one of the early male members of WPCI and was treasurer during Wilma’s term as president and for several years after. They co-authored their bestselling book, “This Train Is Bound For Glory: The Story of America’s Chapel Cars.”