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Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols

October 30, 1925 ~ August 26, 2017 (age 91)
Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols, a resident of New Orleans, LA since 2010 and formerly of Cooperstown, NY for over 40 years, passed away quietly on August 26, 2017.  She was 91 years old. Jacqueline grew up as a member of a military family, residing on many different posts both in the US and abroad, as her father Army Col. Edward H. Taliaferro, Jr. served his country.  Her mother, Marguerite Tournier, was from Toulon, France.  Jacqueline was born in Fort Monroe, VA in 1925, the youngest of three.  Her elder brothers Edward and Frances each attended university before joining the service, one in the Navy and one in the Marines. Uncertain of her path, Jacqueline attended the Ward-Belmont School in Nashville, TN, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, finally landing at Penn State where she majored in art and journalism. With a desire to travel abroad, she worked first at the Pentagon, in the Chief of Staff Branch in order to attain the appropriate training, guidance and experience.  It was then she achieved her goal of entering into the Foreign Service.  In 1949, Jacqueline left the US to serve in the Special Services Section of the US State Department in the American Embassy in Paris.  Her years in Europe after WWII, personally experiencing the scars that war leaves, framed her perspective and remained important throughout her life.  When she returned to the States, she continued working for the Department of State, in the Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs. Needing a change, Jacqueline relocated to New York City, where she began a career in advertising. It was here she met and fell in love with William Amols, a neurologist at the Neurological Institute of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.  They married in 1955, moved to Irvington-on-Hudson, NY, and together embarked on the resurrection and renovation of a lovely Victorian home.  They subsequently had three children, two girls and a boy. An avid devotee of local history, she, along with her husband, spearheaded the preservation of the Old Croton Aqueduct in Irvington-on-Hudson, one of the largest and earliest water conduits for the city of New York. The family moved to Cooperstown, NY in 1969, where Jacqueline became involved in and volunteered for a number of community organizations.  She, along with several art-oriented friends crafted the initial plans for the Glimmerglass Opera, a summer repertory that has gained international reputation.  She was the budding organization’s first president in 1975. Jacqueline was extremely fond of gardening, and spent many happy years cultivating lovely perennial and vegetable gardens at each of her homes.  She maintained memberships in both local and national garden clubs. After the death of her husband, she moved with her daughter Abigail and her family to New Orleans, LA, where she developed strong friendships with the senior group at the Jewish Community Center. She is survived by her children Marguerite “Gigi” (Chris Hagan) of Naples, FL, Nathaniel Amols of Tampa, FL, and Abigail (Torsten Gipperich), and one grandchild PeytonReed Gipperich, of New Orleans, LA.  Also her many nieces and nephews: Edward Taliaferro, Denise Caouki, Nicole Taliaferro, Jane Norman, Christie Cutright, Michael Taliaferro, Jeffrey Taliaferro, and Victoria Taliaferro and their many children and grandchildren.  She also has one remaining first cousin, Nel Steele, of Los Angeles, CA.

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