The Anti-Defamation League has chosen Phyllis Taylor and Nick Mueller as this year’s A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award winners.
The league said Taylor has been “a leader in philanthropic engagement in New Orleans” and an ardent supporter of education initiatives that have transformed the city’s and state’s educational landscape. With her late husband, Patrick F. Taylor — an ADL Torch of Liberty honoree in 1989 — she has worked to see the continuance of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, a state program that provides access to college for all high school graduates of Louisiana who meet certain standards.
Taylor is chairwoman of Endeavor Enterprises LLC and Taylor Energy Co. LLC. She also chairs the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, which has benefited numerous educational, public safety and humanitarian efforts across the New Orleans area since 1985.
Mueller is the president and CEO of the National World War II Museum, an institution that the league said is undergoing a $325 million expansion as it secures a place among the world’s top museums. It has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the No. 4 museum in the nation and the No. 11 museum worldwide. In addition to its permanent exhibitions and education programs, the museum teaches about the meaning of the war effort in defending individual rights and democratic institutions. It also hosts ADL’s Echoes and Reflections program, a Holocaust curriculum for educators.
Mueller spent 33 years as a professor of history and administrator at the University of New Orleans prior to his work at the museum.
“Mrs. Taylor and Dr. Mueller are truly inspirational individuals,” said Allison Padilla-Goodman, ADL’s South-Central regional director. “They are leaders in defining the future of New Orleans and have made immense contributions to defining our educational landscape. They certainly fulfill ADL’s call to ‘Imagine a World Without Hate.’ ”
The award will be presented at a dinner Dec. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tickets are available from the local ADL office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 780-5602.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism.