Dr. Arthur "Art" Ralph Taylor
Aspen, CO Colorado
Dr. Arthur “Art” Ralph Taylor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and resident of Basalt, Colo. since 2004, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 9, 2012, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was 84 years old.
Dr. Taylor enjoyed life and was an avid skier for more than 45 years, primarily in Aspen, Colo. After living in Williamsport, Penn. for 51 years, he and his wife relocated to Basalt, Colo. to be near their children and their families. They attended Grace Church of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Born in Erie, Penn., on March 30, 1927, the son of Harry Steward and Marion Louise Taylor, Dr. Taylor graduated from Erie Academy High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Lancaster, Penn. at Franklin and Marshall College in the U.S. Navy V-12 program, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in June 1946, and then earned his medical degree at Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, Penn., in 1950.
Following three-plus years of active duty in the Navy, Dr. Taylor did his general medical residency at the Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, Penn., from 1953-54. He was in family practice in Williamsport from 1954 to 1972, at which time he left private practice to organize and direct the Family Practice Residency Program at the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Taylor oversaw the program until his retirement in 1992.
Dr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughter Patricia Ann; son Michael Arthur and wife Kathy, parents of Carolynne (Cari) Michelle and husband Seth McCormick, Kyle Benjamin and wife Sarah (Hall) and children Lilah and Jack, and Michael Spencer; and son Brett Richard Edwin and wife Charlene, parents of Logan Harry Albert and Christopher Loren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to the Grace Church Building Fund at: P.O. Box 483; Basalt, CO; 81621.
A celebration-of-life service will be held at Eagle County Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to join in this celebration of Art.
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