2006 – Carl Taylor

In by Marc Pitre

Watch a video clip of Carl Taylor, introduced by his son Daniel Taylor.

Carl E. Taylor, former professor emeritus at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and senior consultant to UNICEF, worked in 70 countries over his lifetime. He was born and raised in the Himalayas, where his father was a medical missionary. After completing medical school at Harvard, he trained in surgery in Panama, where he spent most of World War II. After the war he moved to India with his wife, and following the example of both of his parents, he became a medical missionary at a Presbyterian hospital. He served as trek doctor on a 1949 Nepal ornithological trek of 140 miles, where he conducted the first national health survey of the country.

Dr. Taylor promoted research and interest in International Public Health throughout his career, and was Chair of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for almost 25 years. He was a key contributor to the Alma Ata Declaration. He served as UNICEF representative to China and worked on the development of UNICEF Programs worldwide. He was founding chairman of the National Council of International Health, as well as founding chair of the IH Section of APHA. His highly praised, latest bookJust and Lasting Change, written with his son Daniel Taylor- Ides, describes an approach to health from a systems perspective, encouraging self-reinforcing systems, combining community initiative, government support and technical expertise for optimum achievement through the SEED- SCALE method. It is the latest of more than 160 publications in health.

Dr. Taylor was the recipient of the Edwin M. Ryan Prize for Contributions to International Nutrition in Narangwal Project; the International Health Leadership Award – National Council for International Health; Heritage Award of Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association; APHA, IH Section Career Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership; Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit; JHSPH Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Health; and Award from the President of the United States for Sustained Work to Protect Children Around the World in Especially Difficult Circumstances and Life-time Commitment to Promoting Community Based Primary Care, Good Nutrition and Family Planning for Child Survival.

He held degrees from Muskingum College, Ohio (BS), Harvard Medical School (MD), Harvard School of Public Health (MPH, DrPH); honorary degrees from Muskingum (ScD), Towson University, Baltimore (ScD); and honorary professorships at Tongji University Medical College, Wuhan; and Peking Union Medical College, Peking, China.

Dr. Taylor passed away February 4, 2010.