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  • May 15, 2010 4:59am

    Bapu was truly a great man.  His vitality remains with us and continues to inspire us. 

    With love and respect,

    Peter and Kavitha

    Peter Hansen

  • May 7, 2010 2:49pm

    When I was 24 years old and a first year medical student in 1972, I had the audacity to write Dr. Carl Taylor about my desire to emulate a childhood hero, the great musician, theologian and physician Albert Schweitzer, not knowing, of course, that Dr. Taylor was such a man himself!

    Carl drew me to the Johns Hopkins department of international health with his personal correspondence and sage advice and I am proud to say that he became for me a mentor, friend, and colleague.

    I have just recently learned of Carl's death and I am mourning the passing of this great light, not only in global health, but for all humanity. Dr. Taylor will live always in the hearts and minds of the thousands of persons whom he touched worldwide with his influence, expertise, and most of all his caring and love. I am deeply grateful, indeed, for having known this good and great man.

    Kenneth Bakken, D.O., Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
    Seattle, WA

  • Mar 15, 2010 8:27am

    Carl Taylor, probably the most important influential person in my dad's (John Wyon) life - and therefore a huge person in my life.  The Taylor family- Carl, Mary, Dan, Betsy and Henry, always present in my early years in India and thus part of the permanent background of my life. It was indeed an honor and inspiration to participate in the Memorial Service on February 20th - Dan'l's eulogy evoking such a clear picture of Carl's life as a social change giant in the field of public health and as a personal friend and father. My love to all the Taylors and deep gratitude for carrying on Carl's vision, a legacy which is present around the world in many different ways.  

    Rachel Wyon
    Cambridge, MA

  • Mar 1, 2010 4:06pm

    Carl Taylor is a giant of global health. I am deeply sorry to learn of his passing. He left immeasurable foot prints in his profession.

    Carl Taylor, despite his lofty status as a living legend in global health, always had time for much junior colleagues. Carl Taylor helped make me feel at home  when I attended my first meeting of the National Council for International Health. He was one of the first individuals to congratulate me when I became a member of the NCIH Board of Directors a few years later and one of the first to offers words of support and encouragement when I became the Vice Chairman of NCIH. He never informed me of his role in the establishment of NCIH or his role as the pioneer Chairman. Carl Taylor was a confident, modest man.

    I wish Carl Taylor's Family Godspeed in this difficult time. In the end, Carl Taylor achieved what most mortals strive to accomplish: He lived a fulfilled personal, family, professional and spiritual life. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

    Chinua Akukwe
    Executive Chairman
    African Union Africa Diaspora Health Initiative, Washington, DC.


  • Feb 27, 2010 8:12pm

    Dear Dan, Betsy and Henry:


    It is with great love and fondness that I will always remember your father.  I have known your family since 1953 when your parents brought you to Ludhiana, India. You were kids then, but we were friends.  Back then you knew me as tall (lumba) Gill who would look over the fence of your house and wave to you. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss; I will always remember both of your parents with great joy.


    I was a student in the first class your dad taught at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, and he was a great inspiration to me.  At the time, putting emphasis on preventing disease was brand new discipline, and when he arrived, your dad established the first department of Preventive Medicine in India. As young medical students, we visited villages and were assigned by your father to families that we remained in contact with during the entirety of our five years of Medical School.  This experience was profound, and helped us understand the genesis of illness and how it could be prevented.  I distinctly remember going to the assembly hall every Saturday for your father’s moderation of special case presentations.  The whole faculty and student body would assemble, discuss different aspects of a case, and in the end your dad will lay out how the illness could have been prevented.



    I remember how much we all loved your father and how we all wanted to be just like him. He always had that wonderful smile of his, and was constantly encouraging and challenging us to be our best.  It was such an exciting time for all of us as young aspiring medical students, and he has always meant a lot to me personally.  I stayed in contact with him over the years, and even though I went into Surgery he never held that against me. Both your parents were very kind and loving and I always felt part of the family. I will miss them both.




  • Feb 26, 2010 11:03am

    Carl was very inspirational to many of us who were weaned in the primary health field of the Alma Atta years and believed passionately in the community-based and local empowerment models. I am so much a better person for having known and worked with Carl. May his spirit and ideals live on in his family and colleages, as they are with mine.

    charles teller

  • Feb 24, 2010 2:28pm

    Dr. Taylor is a personal hero of mine.  I do believe he was one of the most thoroughly kind human beings I've ever known.  His life's work to improve the lives and health of people living on the fringes has done so much for so many.  His profound respect for every living thing was evident in all that he did.

    Mostly, though, I enjoyed talking to Dr. Taylor about our common Kansas roots, and hearing his stories about all the places he'd been, the things he'd seen, the people he'd known and the work he'd done.  His was a truly remarkable and wonderful life.  I'm grateful to have known him.

    Lynne Harris

  • Feb 23, 2010 4:12pm

    In thanks for being able to be together here.

    Dr. King Seegar

  • Feb 20, 2010 11:06pm

    Dear Taylors

    Deep sadness at hearing of Carl's death. I have known of him all my life as my father Elmer Siehl and Carl were first cousins.
    Carl's mother, Elizabeth Siehl and my grandfather C. Fred Siehl, were siblings, as my sister Marian noted and as you know.
    We always had news of the Taylors in India and we had visits whenever they were in Cincinnati to see the Siehl side of the family. It was nice to have seen him and all of you when I went to at least two of the Taylor reunions.

    Carl had so many accomplishments in his service to the poor and marginalized of the earth and surely was a man of God in doing this work. When I think of Carl's life and death, I wish for him words from the book of Revelation: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labors, for their good deeds do follow them".

    Peace and comfort to you in your time of grief,

    Rev. Jonathan Carl Siehl


    Jonathan Siehl
    Worthington, OH

  • Feb 20, 2010 9:51pm

    Thanks for the memories!  Today's Brown Memorial Church service & celebration of Carl's life carried with it the spirit of this great-hearted Christian servant-physician.  What fun to have Daniel deliver strong memories of his Dad with a backpack of treasures.  Certainly those of us who knew him as a teacher and advocate will continue to extend his vision in our public health work and personal commitments.  We rejoice that his spirit of compassion and action lives on in his biological family as well as in all those many students, colleagues, villagers, and officials who endorsed on his faith in God and thoughtful community interventions for better health.  Carl's life work continues...

    Could you mount some of the slide show photos for more of his friends around the world to see?

    Jean & David Sack

  • Feb 20, 2010 5:25pm

    I extend my condolences, as well as an enormous THANK YOU to the family of Carl Taylor and to the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church for a truly meaningful and heartfelt memorial service. All were welcome at this beautiful tribute to everything that Dr. Taylor stood for. As a former student of his (2006), I felt newly injected with the indomitable Carl Taylor spirit to fight for primary health care.

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Dr. Taylor's family; as you grieve, so does a world-wide community that will continue to work towards Dr. Taylor's vision.


    Gabrielle Hunter
    Baltimore, MD

  • Feb 20, 2010 3:10pm

    We celebrate the life of God's humble servant. Carl has and will inspire all of us to be true to who we are and to be the hands and feet of God in this world. Thanks to his family for sharing him with us. Now let us share in your sorrow and surround you with prayers.

    Sharon Franzen
    Westminster, MD

  • Feb 19, 2010 1:49pm

    I reconnected with Carl in Kabul, Afghanistan a few years ago. I hadn't seen him in over 20 years, not long after I graduated from JHU School of Hygiene. I found out he was in Afghanistan when I ran into an Afghan employee of Future Generations when I came out of a meeting with a Shura in a rural area in central Afghanistan. I sent a message back to Carl and we arranged to meet in a Croatian Restaurant in Kabul. We had a delightful dinner where he told me in great depth about the interview process they were using to understand rural women's experiences in child birth. The twinkle in his eye told me he still had the "fire" for working in the community and continuing to push forward to find ways of really making a difference and save lives.  He accepted my invitation to tell the story of his work in Afghanistan as part of the pre-APHA Community Based Primary Health Care workshop in Boston at the end of 2006. Even though he was having trouble with a cataract in his eye, you could see him really come to life when he talked about his work.

    He is my role model and I plan to carry on with our work as long as my legs will carry me to do it. We will all miss him terribly. Goodbye Carl!

    Jean Capps

  • Feb 19, 2010 8:06am

    Quaneta and I have treasured Carl and Mary as neighbors and friends since our arrival in Baltimore in 1967. Both live vibrantly in our daily memories for all they meant to us, our families and to all those on our planet they helped. what a remarkable and wonderful heritage! the great sadness in their loss reflects only on how much they meant to so many individuals and institutions here and abroad. The depth and breadth of what Carl and Mary have given us lives on with vibrancy. At this time of Carl's death our prayers are specially with him. We look forward to celebrating his life tomorrow. Buck and Quaneta Greenough

    william greenough

  • Feb 17, 2010 3:10pm

    i see better where Henry got his skills and dedication.   I never met Carl  but I have followed in his ways, at a distance.

    john pearson

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