Friday, August 3, 2012

In memoriam: George Taylor


George Taylor, an office assistant in the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, died July 25 at the age of 67.  Taylor worked at the MGH for 15 years and will be remembered for his strong work ethic, sense of humor and kind demeanor. 

Taylor was well-known around the MGH campus for wearing his trademark Yankees’ baseball cap as he pushed his delivery cart during daily rounds, transporting mail, food, paperwork – whatever departments needed. “He knew everyone, and he knew how to get a job done,” says Beverly Dammin, administrative assistant in the Wellman Center. “He was the quintessential ambassador for the entire hospital – excellent with children, patients, staff and visitors alike. His grin and personality were contagious.”

According to Dammin, one of Taylor’s many successes in life was to overcome a challenging childhood spent in state custody after being abandoned by his stepmother at a very young age. Becoming independent and working at the MGH was one of his greatest pleasures in life, and the friends he made here became his family.

“He loved to socialize and was never without a story or tale to tell,” says Marybeth Nolan, administrative assistant at CIMIT. “There was nothing he would not do for anyone who asked and enthusiastically volunteered his services. He was a good and loyal person with a loving and caring heart. No words will ever capture how much he will be missed.”

A favorite story among Taylor’s co-workers dates back to 2004 when they made a bet with him that if the Red Sox – who he jokingly referred to as the “Red Flops” – beat the Yankees in the World Series, he would have to lock his blue and white baseball hat away in an office and instead wear a bright pink Red Sox hat for an entire week. “Many at the MGH may remember his chagrin, but he loved all of the attention he was given,” Dammin says.

A remembrance of Taylor’s life is scheduled for Sept. 14 from 3 to 5 pm in the Thier Conference Room. All are invited to share memories and stories.

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