Jack Crawford Taylor, who incited a swift of 7 cars into a world’s largest rent-a-car association and donated some-more than $860 million to charity, died Saturday (July 2, 2016). He was 94.
The owner of Enterprise Holdings died after a brief illness, a association pronounced in a statement. Mr. Taylor lived in Ladue.
Mr. Taylor flew Hellcat warrior planes for a Navy during World War II. Twelve years after initial his business, he renamed it for a conduit Enterprise, one of dual flattops he served on in a Pacific theater.
He started a association as Executive Leasing Co. in 1957 in partnership with a Lindburg Cadillac dealership in Clayton, where he was sales manager. Its initial business was lending cars to motorists whose vehicles were being repaired. Executive stretched with neighborhood-based branches for ubiquitous rentals.
Today, Enterprise Holdings Inc. is a far-flung network of companies that lease, lend and sell cars and trucks to people and companies.
It is a largest secretly hold business in a St. Louis area, with annual income of $19.4 billion and some-more than 93,000 employees worldwide. Its swift of 1.7 million vehicles is a world’s largest.
Mr. Taylor was owner and former president, arch executive and house chairman. He served on a house until 2007 though remained as an adviser.
Forbes repository has estimated Mr. Taylor’s resources during $5.8 billion, that put him 248th on a list of richest people.
Mr. Taylor was one of a area’s best-known and many inexhaustible philanthropists, carrying privately donated some-more than $860 million to many internal institutions over a past 3 decades.
In total, Mr. Taylor, his family and foundations have done some-more than $1 billion in gifts. He was ranked series 11 on a Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2015 “Philanthropy 50” list of America’s tip donors.
“I don’t know anything about philanthropy,” he told a Post-Dispatch in 2001, when he and his son Andy were named a Citizens of a Year in St. Louis. “All we know is hospitality is giving income away.”
He pronounced he was a male with a lot of income and a prolonged memory.
Recalling his childhood margin trips to a St. Louis Symphony, he affianced $40 million in 2000 when he listened it was in financial straits. Because he enjoyed examination football during Francis Field as a youngster, he gave $25 million in 2011 to assistance minority and disadvantaged students during Washington University.
He remembered fun times in Forest Park and lifted $6 million to reconstruct a park and a tip attraction, a St. Louis Zoo.
“He’d mostly describe memories of his possess childhood, visiting a aged boathouse and how many fun it was to lease a aged electric boats,” pronounced Lesley Hoffarth, boss of Forest Park Forever.
That desirous him to give his initial present to a park in a 1990s, that paid for renovating a boathouse.
“He truly desired Forest Park. He’d speak about sledding on Art Hill. He desired saying families enjoying a park,” she said.
That adore led to serve gifts.
Last year, his family donated $124 million to 22 internal institutions and charities. The gifts embody $30 million to Forest Park Forever to say a park, $25 million to CityArchRiver for a Arch drift renovation, $6 million to a Fisher House Foundation to build camp during Veterans Affairs hospitals for families of patients, and $5 million to a St. Louis Art Museum Foundation.
There also were gifts of $5 million to Ranken Technical College for low-income students, $2 million any to a Boys Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and to a Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri for low-income students, and $1 million any to a Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and to Our Little Haven, that cares for immature victims of abuse.
In October, a association concluded to compensate $158 million for a fixing rights of a new NFL track due for construction on a riverfront only north of downtown. The track plan was canceled when a St. Louis Rams changed behind to Los Angeles.
The substructure has supposing some-more than $100 million to environmental efforts, including $35 million to a Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, $30 million to a Missouri Botanical Garden and a $50 million joining to plant 50 million trees over 50 years.
He also gave $10 million to a National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.
For many years, many of a Taylor donations were by a Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, managed by his daughter, Jo Ann Kindle. The association donated some-more than 1 percent of a annual increase to charity.
Mr. Taylor pronounced he eventually satisfied that a aged saw, “I gave during a office,” wasn’t good enough. For one thing, he said, “I didn’t wish people to consider a Taylor family is creation all that income and doesn’t do a damn thing for a city.”
He also pronounced wanted clients and impending employees to see St. Louis as big-league, with good sports teams, informative centers and educational institutions.
Mr. Taylor mostly donated income anonymously or in ways that wouldn’t call courtesy to him. But that became harder to do when essay large checks. Hoping to convince others to give, he began creation “challenge” grants, in that any dollar had to be matched by another’s gift.
Mr. Taylor grew adult in University City and Ladue and graduated from Clayton High School in 1940. He quickly attended Westminster College in Fulton and Washington University, though forsaken out after a Japanese inebriated Pearl Harbor and enlisted in a Navy in 1942. He was reserved to Carrier Air Group 15, credited with 2.5 fight “kills” and was awarded dual Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Navy Air Medal.
Most of his fight use was on a Essex. But he also flew from a Enterprise, one of a Navy’s many storied ships. Known as a “Big E,” it was built before World War II, served around a dispute and was a many flashy boat in a swift during a war.
He returned to St. Louis and started a tiny trucking association in Clayton. In 1948, he got a sales pursuit during Lindburg Cadillac. He founded Executive Leasing with 7 vehicles 9 years later.
At a time, other car-rental companies focused on a remunerative business during airports. Mr. Taylor initial sought business whose vehicles were in a emporium for repairs, afterwards stretched with ubiquitous rentals and neighborhood-based lots for short-term rentals to individuals.
The association became Enterprise Leasing in 1969 and Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1989. In 2007, it bought Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. Two years later, a association became Enterprise Holdings. Today, it is a primogenitor association of Alamo, National, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Fleet Management, Enterprise Truck Rental, Enterprise Car Sales and Enterprise CarShare.
Mr. Taylor’s son, Andy Taylor, succeeded him as arch executive officer in 1991 and became authority when his father late from government in 2001.
Mr. Taylor concurred that he didn’t make a lot of use of a enlightenment that he and his family upheld so generously. He was not a exemplary song fan. He owned deteriorate tickets to a Cardinals, Blues and Rams though mostly gave them away.
“I’m not a really artsy arrange of guy,” he explained.
He was married twice.
In further to his son and daughter, survivors embody 5 granddaughters and 3 great-granddaughters.
Funeral services will be private. Condolences might be sent around email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family requests that commemorative contributions be done to a Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Forest Park Forever or a St. Louis Symphony.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to simulate a stream names of Enterprise Truck Rental and Enterprise CarShare.