Fred Taylor: Brother in the Shadows by John Virtue
By John Virtue
The capitalism vs. communism feud among industrialist E.P. Taylor and his Communist artist brother Fred
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He recommends to the board in 1928 that it start acquiring and merging with other Ontario breweries, closing those that are inefficient. Brading is one of the few Ontario breweries makin money, for it supplies beer to taverns across the Ottawa River in Hull, Quebec. Student pranks have always been part of undergraduate activity at university, but not for Fred. So McGill's principal must have been surprised to find him waiting in the anteroom for disciplining. He had been sent there because of disruptive incidents during McGill's 1928 student review at His Majesty's Theatre.
11 Fred never saw Le Corbusier again. Later, when Fred returned to Canada, he again worked briefly as an architect, but now the artist in him finally emerged. He took his sketch pad and went into the streets of Europe to draw from life. 11 His feelings of guilt were misplaced. When he returned to Montreal, he learned that the scholarship was not limited to architecture and that he could have been studying art anywhere in Europe had he so wished. Fred spent the next three months in Italy. He wanted, above all, to get warm and find relief from the bronchial condition that continued to bother him.
He made the McGill Redmen's intercollegiate football team as a lineman during his sophomore year. His first game was on 9 October 1926, helping the Redmen beat the University of Toronto, 7-3, their first win over their traditional rival in six years. "4 After playing in two exhibition games in 1927, Fred was scheduled to start in the Redmen's season opener against Toronto. Three days before the game he was summoned from a class by the director of the School of Architecture, Ramsay Traquair. "Taylor, we understand that you may be a successful student of architecture and that you are an asset to the football team," Traquair told him.