Emil D. Taborsky, a retired paper company executive who maintained a lifelong interest in his Bohemian heritage, died of heart failure Saturday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The longtime Towson resident was 86.
Mr. Taborsky was born in Baltimore of immigrant parents from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic.
He was raised on Montford Avenue and graduated in 1937 from Polytechnic Institute. He enrolled at what was then the Mergenthaler School of Printing, from which he graduated in 1942. While in school, he competed in track and field, basketball and baseball.
In 1944, he graduated from the Plastic Industries Technical Institute, and in 1950 earned an accounting degree from the Baltimore College of Commerce.
Mr. Taborsky worked at Waverly Press while attending Mergenthaler, and later at Lord Baltimore Press.
He was promoted to manager of the planning and estimating department at Lord Baltimore Press, and remained with the company after its purchase in 1958 by International Paper Co. After the business closed in 1980, he joined Southern Label and Box Co., from which he retired in 1984.
In 1955, Mr. Taborsky became a director of Fairmount Federal Savings and Loan Association, and he remained with what became Fairmount Federal Savings Bank as vice president until 1998.
He was married for 62 years to the former Louise Zeman, who survives him.
Mr. Taborsky was a member of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association and in 1969 traveled with his family to Czechoslovakia to research his roots and locate family members. He later completed a history of the Taborsky and Zeman families, and with his wife worked helping Czechoslovakian immigrants settle in Baltimore.
He enjoyed fishing and stamp collecting.
Mr. Taborsky was a member of Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, C. Jeanne Taborsky of Columbia and Jan L. Parekh of Churchville; a son, Roger Emil Taborsky of Towson; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.