Garth Taylor (ophthalmologist)

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The Honourable Dr. Garth Alfred Taylor, O.J., Ph.D (April 29, 1944 – November 19, 2005) was a Jamaican ophthalmologist, professor, and humanitarian.

Born in Montego Bay, Taylor was a Queen's Scout in his youth.[1] He received his education at Cornwall College in Jamaica and Queen's University in Ontario.[1] He later became an associate professor of ophthalmology at the latter institution,[1] as well as chief of ophthalmology at Cornwall Community Hospital in Canada.[1]

Taylor was also the vice-president of ORBIS Canada,[1] a charity devoted to preventing and correcting avoidable cases of blindness in the developing world, and the co-founder of Canadian Surgical Eye Expeditions (CANSEE),[2] another charitable organization devoted to the same purpose. Working out of a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 airplane converted into a mobile field hospital,[1] he performed more than 1,000 charitable eye operations in more than 60 different countries,[1] during more than 100 separate surgical missions.[3] Taylor also provided on-site training for local doctors in cornea, cataract and refractive procedures.[1] For his efforts, he was honored with the Order of Jamaica in 2005.[4]

Taylor and his wife Beverly had two children: a daughter, Leanne, and a son, Gregory.[1] He died unexpectedly on November 19, 2005, as the result of an aortic aneurysm.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hallsworth, Alan. "Obituary: Garth Taylor", The Guardian, December 7, 2005.
  2. ^ Jamaica Information Service. "Late Dr. Garth Taylor Exceptional – High Commissioner to Canada", November 28, 2005.
  3. ^ Hawaleshka, Danylo. "Garth Taylor", Maclean's, July 1, 2004.
  4. ^ Lalah, Robert. "HONOURED – Ninety-seven to get National Awards Archived August 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.", The Jamaica Gleaner, August 6, 2005.
  5. ^ Pincock, Stephen. "Garth Alfred Taylor", The Lancet, Volume 367, Issue 9506, Page 204, published January 21, 2006.