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Gurney J. Taylor ’23

Published in June 3, 1992, issue

WE LOST a distinguished classmate Jan. 10, 1992, when Gurney died in Sandwich, N.H. "Jig," as he was known on the campus, was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1902. He prepared for college at St. Luke's School and Kent School. He spent his freshman and sophomore years with us at Princeton before he transferred to Williams College.

He followed his father's footsteps to the Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical School, where he received his M.D. degree in 1930. He spent some time in European clinics, concentrating on pathology and internal medicine, before becoming a member of the staff at Roosevelt Hospital (19301975). He was on the faculty of the medical school at Columbia Univ. In 1937 Col. Taylor was one of the heads of the Roosevelt Hospital Unit that left New York in July for maneuvers in North Carolina, before going to Africa by way of England. Later his unit, overseas for 25 months, was responsible for the hospital in the Vosges Forest, where 36,950 G.J.'s were treated and 2037 operations were performed in various theaters of the war.

After Gurney's first wife, Renee Brebrian, died, he married Minerva Frazier. He is also survived by his son Gilbert, and by Pamela Taylor. Memorial services were held at the United Federated Methodist Church, Sandwich.

The Class of 1923 shares the pride of his family in a noble life devoted to the health and welfare of others in both war and peace.

The Class of 1923

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