Leroy C. Taylor, an Anne Arundel County certified public accountant, died March 27 of cancer at Riverside Rehabilitation Center in Hampton, Va.
The Marley Neck resident was 76.
The son of a Douglass High School art teacher and a doll maker, Mr. Taylor was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville.
After graduating from Benjamin Banneker High School in 1952, he served in the Air Force, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant.
He entered what is now Morgan State University in 1957 and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1961.
"Majoring in accounting under the tutelage of the renowned Benjamin L. King, he was the first Morgan State graduate to obtain elusive CPA status," said longtime friend, Homer E. Favor, a retired Morgan economics professor and dean. "In keeping with his strength of purpose and determination, he was awarded this coveted distinction."
During the early 1960s, Mr. Taylor worked as an accountant for the Internal Revenue Service in Baltimore, and in Washington for the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In the late 1960s, Mr. Taylor was a partner in a Mount Royal Avenue accounting firm before establishing his own accounting practice in Empire Towers in Glen Burnie.
He had not retired at his death, family members said.
Mr. Taylor was a member of the board of County National Bank in Glen Burnie and was a former member of the One Hundred Black Men of Maryland Inc.
He enjoyed tennis and playing the piano.
Raised a Baptist, Mr. Taylor was a teenager when he converted to Roman Catholicism.
He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie, where he was a member of the finance committee. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Newport News, Va.
Surviving are his wife of 16 years, the former Cynthia Downs; a daughter, Jacqueline Young of Baltimore; two stepsons, Andrew Wilson of Hampton, Va., and Leon Wilson of Chester, Va.; a stepdaughter, Anita Ward of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Phyllis Anderson of Glen Burnie; and six grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.