George Taylor married my aunt Roberta White in a ceremony on the campus of the University of Shanghai in 1933. Roberta was called Bobbie or Bob and sometimes Red because of her bright red hair. All the family were redheads in varying shades and quantity.

“George Taylor was born in Coventry, England, on December 13, 1905, and received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in history and politics from the University of Birmingham. He received a doctor of letters degree from the University of Birmingham in 1957. Taylor first came to the United States in 1928 on a Commonwealth Fund fellowship to study at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. Awarded a Harvard-Yenching fellowship to study in China, he studied in Peking from 1930 to 1932. From 1933 to 1936, he was professor of international relations at the Central Political Institute in Nanking under the government of Chiang Kai-shek. He married Roberta Stevens White in 1933.

Taylor lived in London for a year (1936-37) before returning to China to teach at Yenching University near Peking. The Japanese invaded Northern China in the same year, but the university remained independent until after the Pearl Harbor bombing. Taylor spent the summer of 1938 traveling with the Eighth Route Army, a Chinese Communist guerilla force, in the provinces of Hopei and Shansi. He wrote a series of articles about the experience that were later published in the Manchester Guardian. During this period Taylor supported resistance to the Japanese by smuggling medical supplies from Peking to central Hopei, where they were transferred to Chinese guerillas. In the spring of 1939, he accepted an offer to become chair of the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Washington. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen on May 11, 1943, in Richmond, Virginia.”