Open main menu

Kenneth D. Taylor

Canadian diplomat, educator and businessman

Kenneth Douglas "Ken" Taylor, OC (October 5, 1934 – October 15, 2015) was a Canadian diplomat, educator and businessman. He was best known for his role in the 1979 covert operation called the "Canadian Caper" which helped free some hostages during the Iran hostage crisis.

Kenneth D. Taylor

Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Iran
In office
September 1977 – January 1980
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau (1977–79)
Joe Clark (1979–80)
Personal details
Kenneth Douglas Taylor

(1934-10-05)October 5, 1934
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
DiedOctober 15, 2015(2015-10-15) (aged 81)
New York City, New York, United States
Spouse(s)Pat Taylor
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
University of California, Berkeley

Taylor died in New York City from colon cancer at the age of 81.[1]


  1. "Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, dead at 81". 15 October 2015.

Other websitesEdit