Department of Ophthalmology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Garth Taylor

In memory of Dr. Garth Taylor 

"Until I have a breath to breathe, I will continue to do this [ophthalmology and international ophthalmology] because I think I was chosen for this...”

Dr. Garth Taylor was a worl/d-renowned ophthalmologist who was a faculty member at Queen's University for over 25 years.

Dr. Taylor graduated from medical school at the University of West Indies in 1970.  From there, he went on to complete an ophthalmology residency at Queen's in 1976 plus a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at Miama in 1977.

Dr. Taylor will be remembered by all as an excellent ophthalmologist, a wonderful educater and an all-round good person.  Although much of his career was based in Kingston and Cornwall, Dr. Taylor was heavily involved in international ophtahlmology through organizations such as ORBIS.  He is especially known for his charitable contributions to preventing blindness in his native Jamaica.  All students and residents who worked with Dr. Taylor remember him for his genuine love for ophthalmology that was evident in his excellent teaching sessions.  Dr. Taylor was a warm, generous man with an unbridled enthusiasm for life.

Sadly, Dr. Taylor passed away suddenly in November of 2005.  However, his memories will stay with this Department and all who were touched by him forever.  As a tribute to him, the Dr. Garth Taylor Memorial Fund has been initiated in his honour by the Department of Ophthalmology at Queen's University. To donate to this fund, please contact
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