Former Juneau doctor John Pauly "JP" Taylor died Nov. 11, 2007, in his San Diego home. He had just turned 94.
Sound off on the important issues at
Born Nov. 10, 1913, in Craig, Colo., he was the eldest of seven children. He spent his early life on a cattle ranch and attended a one-room school.
The family moved to the San Diego area in 1922. After serving as a medic in England and Germany in World War II, he completed his premed studies at San Diego State College and received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Southern California in 1952.
He practiced family medicine for several years before taking an anesthesia residency at the UCLA Medical Center. He was Bartlett Memorial Hospital's anesthesiologist from 1975 to 1982. After he retired, he returned to San Diego. He also resided in Honolulu from 1991 to 2004.
He will be remembered for his passion, wry humor, marvelously clever way with words and his many stories. He was an early environmentalist, loving and respecting all things in nature. He loved opera, history and poetry. While an avid fan of all amateur sports, USC Trojan football held a special place in his heart. He loved participant sports, too, including basketball, bicycling, fishing and sailing. He continued to golf and snorkel into his 90s.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Verderber Taylor; sons, Tim Taylor and his wife, Sue, John P Taylor and his wife, Beth; daughter, Fran Bryan and her husband, Jeff; granddaughters, Alexandra and McKenna Taylor; and sisters, Margaret Hayes and Mary Harrington.
He donated his body to UCSD School of Medicine. A celebration of life is planned for January in San Diego.
Donations in his name may be made to the Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund: Keck School of Medicine of USC, 1975 Zonal Ave., KAM 300, Los Angeles, CA 90089, Attn: Michael Mayne.