So­cial­ist GP dies

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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