OBITUARY

J. Richard Taylor

July 12, 1938May 11, 2018
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J. Richard Taylor, age 79, died on May 11th 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born July 12th in Pocatello, Idaho in 1938.

He was a Board Certified Dermatologist in Tallahassee, Florida. He was an expert in psoriasis and had more than 100 publications in referred journals and numerous abstracts, chapters and reviews. He served as a member of the medical advisory board of the National Psoriasis Foundation and has lectured nationally and internationally.

Dr. Taylor completed medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed a year of internship and a year of medical residency at the same institution before beginning his dermatology residency training at the University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon. Upon completion of his residency program he joined the University of Miami as Assistant Professor and Assistant Chief of Dermatology at the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center. After a few years he became an Associate Professor, then Professor and Chief of Dermatology at the VAMC. Dr. Taylor was named Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami upon his retirement in August of 2002. After retirement from the University of Miami, Dr. Taylor moved to Tallahassee to join the practice of his daughter-in-law. Perhaps his greatest professional contribution was his role in mentoring many medical students who became practicing physicians and remember him with great kindness.

Surviving family members include his former wife Bonnie, four sons, John, Mike, Jim, and Robert and two daughters in law, Cynthia and Crista. In addition, Dr. Taylor is survived by seven grand children: David, Zachary, Jayson, Evan, Frances, Alex, and Caleb and special family friend Julie Kane.

Visitation and viewing will be held at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road in Tallahassee.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

J. Richard Taylor

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Annie Salvarrey

May 14, 2018

Dr. Taylor will always be remembered as a great Professor, Mentor, Researcher and Colleague. But most of all he will be remembered as a great friend, that one person that you knew would listen and never judge you. You could walk over to his office at the VA Medical Center on the 12 Floor and his door was closed, but you know he was in there and ready to listen. He kept his door closed because he always had his feet lifted up on his desk and was reclining back in his chair reading a journal or working on his lab-top. I remember some of the students would try to get into the office before he did and they never could. It was 5:30 in the morning and there he was sitting at his desk with his feet up.

He always knew where his office staff would be and what we were doing. I remember one time we decided to go to lunch on the beach and walked over to the Versace Mansion, as we were looking at the terrible scene we realizing that Channel 7 was filming all of us standing there during working hours.

One call was all it took, his words to me were "Don't be so obvious and get caught". He was watching the news and there we were the "Taylor Girls" + Rick standing in a straight line side by side as we started slowly moving away from the camera's so that know one else would see us.

We laughed until we cried that day... He always new where we were and what crazy thing we were up to. It was like working with your Dad and he knew everything. He loved to have parties and invited everyone, from the Hawaiian Luau, to the Scotch Tasting, lunch at Joe's Stone Crabs and Captains Tavern. He loved life, he loved his family and friends and we all truly loved him back.

I could fill this message with hundreds of these stories and memories of this great friend. I know that he will truly be missed by all that knew him. He will always be remembered as our friend. Rest in Peace Dr. Taylor. Our condolences to all of his family our hearts and prayers are with you.

Chip Woodyard

May 11, 2018

I will never forget all of the wonderful times we spent together. He was a mentor, an inspiration, a teacher, but most of all a dear friend. I was blessed to have know him and he guided me to where I am today. For that, I am a better person. I will always remember him for all that he did for me and his love. I feel priviledged to have know him and his family.

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