Socialist GP dies
A Mt Roskill doctor, antitobacco campaigner and Vietnam War protester has died.
Born in 1926, Stephen Taylor opened his first surgery from his Richardson Rd home in 1953.
He practised as a GP in Mt Roskill for 20 years and later for two decades in Ponsonby and Mt Eden – without ever charging a fee.
Son Peter Taylor says the committed socialist relied on the government subsidy paid for each patient to support his practice.
In the 1950s he was a founding patron of the National Action on Smoking and Health group.
He put his efforts into preventing the young from smoking and worked to ban advertising.
Dr Taylor drew international attention when he staged an anti-war hunger protest in Albert Park for 40 days in 1970.
He also had a long interest in natural childbirth and breastfeeding.
He retired in 1990 and later lived in Brisbane where he focused on writing on philosophy, politics, childbirth and mathematics.
Mr Taylor died of a respiratory illness in July at Cook Hospital in Gisborne.
He is survived by wife Carol, five children and a brother.