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Ray, Jackie Taunton Endow Scholarship

As their commitment to Campaign Auburn: The Next Generation, Ray and Jackie Taunton of Morristown, N.J., have announced their intent to establish an endowed scholarship and computing laboratory in the Department of Textile Engineering, and a fund for excellence in the College of Engineering.
The gift will result in a major scholarship for a student studying textile engineering, and assist in the expansion of a computing lab for undergraduate students in the department. In addition, the fund for excellence creates a permanent source of unrestricted funding for use by the dean of engineering.
"Ray and Jackie have a long history of supporting engineering programs at Auburn." said Bill Walsh, department head of textile engineering. "Their loyalty and generosity are greatly appreciated."
Commenting on his decision to make a gift, Taunton said, "It is important that the College of Engineering continues to move toward its goal of excellence. In addition, the Department of Textile Engineering, which provides graduates for one of the most creative, productive segments of American industry, must stay abreast of and use newer technologies to gain competitiveness."
Taunton is a 1956 graduate of the textile engineering program. After four years with the Celanese Corporation, he joined AlliedSignal as a plant manager.
A succession of promotions eventually led him to the position of vice president of operations for the company's engineered materials sector in 1980. He retires from AlliedSignal this year, completing a 36 year career with the company.

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