Russell C. “Jack” Taylor ’60

Russell C. “Jack” Taylor ’60 passed away Dec. 14 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Dobson, N.C., on April 23, 1937. His family moved to Mount Airy, N.C., when he was five years old. Jack worked for one year for a patent medicine company as a traveling salesman along with his father. He graduated from Lees McRae College and then graduated from Davidson. After graduating from the University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill in the top 10 percent of his class, he did an internship and residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Colo. He moved back to North Carolina and was chief resident of internal medicine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. He then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a two-year fellowship in nephrology. He began practice in internal medicine at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Banner Elk for three years, and then moved to Boone where he practiced until July 2007, when his illness forced him to retire. He was the first medical director of the Kidney Dialysis Center, which was established in 1989 due, in large part, to his dedication and drive to provide such clinical services to the region. Survivors include his wife, Terry Taylor, 146 Mallard Ln., Boone, NC 28607; and his sister, Ann Taylor. He is also survived by his beloved nieces and nephews, Mark A. Taylor (Lou Ann) and son, Stephen; Mary T. Transou (Hal) and children, Haley and Tyler; J. Bryan Taylor (Lynn) and children, Lauren, James, and Tate; Robert M. Taylor (Luisa) and daughters, Manuela, Melanie, Melissa, and Mia; Nancy C. Taylor; and Theresa T. Gray (Brian) and children, Austin and Abbey. He is also survived by his beloved stepsons, Andrew Harkey and Edward Dill and his daughter Sullivan; sister-in-law, Tonda Taylor (partner, Janice Coulter); and brother-in-law, Andrew Taylor (Dr. Susan Lupo) and their children, Dustin Taylor (Jennifer) and their child, Kate; and Robin Belk (Jake). He is preceded in death by his parents, Everette L. Taylor, Sr. and Malissa Hill Taylor; and by three brothers, E.L. Taylor, Jr., Robert E. Lee Taylor, and Larry Don Taylor.