Rick Filson, Beloved Taylor HS Teacher, Loses Battle with Cancer


April 15, 2020

By Jennifer Miko and Natalie Cook Clark

The Taylor High School Mustang family lost a special teacher on Friday when Rick Filson, 62, lost his fight with cancer. The history teacher was praised by students and faculty members and will be remembered fondly for touching their lives.

Rick and his wife Pamela were married for 40 years. The couple has three children: Melissa Filson Benitoa, Richard Filson, and Jeffrey Filson, and four grandchildren: Taylor Filson, Braden Jones, Jackson Benitoa, and Bella Benitoa.

For 20 years, Filson impacted students in the classroom, and athletes on the field. Many described him as a mentor and good listener.

At Taylor High School (THS), Filson taught Pre-AP World History. But past and present students recall that he taught them valuable life lessons too.

Never Too Busy to Listen

“It’s hard to put into words what Mr. Filson means to me,” says Andriana Gregovic (THS ’18).

Gregovic was in Filson’s class when she was a sophomore. She described him as open-minded and said he cared about the well-being of his students.

“He was never too busy to talk or listen or lend a helping hand," says Gregovic. "When I think of the qualities a teacher should possess, I think of Mr. Filson."