Dr. Benjamin Edward Taylor, MD


Benjamin Edward Taylor, M. D., our Health Care inductee, is remembered as a talented and compassionate physician as well as an avid gardener, poet, artist, writer and linguist. Dr. Taylor was born March 18, 1920, in Conway, Arkansas. He graduated from Bigelow High school in Arkansas and attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, Arkansas. Dr. Taylor met his wife Sibyl Elizabeth Bostick in 1940. Dr. Taylor was a member of the NYA student program and National Guard. Dr. Taylor’s National Guard unit was mobilized after Pearl Harbor was bombed in December of 1941. He and his wife traveled together all over the United States from duty station to duty station while Dr. Taylor trained with the Army Air Corps until he was stationed overseas in the Aleutian Islands, then in England where he was a radio operator during D-Day and finally traveling across Europe as it was liberated from the Nazis. Dr. Taylor attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences from 1950 to 1954 where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Medicine and a Doctor of Medicine Degree. Dr. Taylor served his Internship at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton and his Residency at Mercy Hospital in Merced, California. Dr. Taylor established his private practice in Manteca, California in 1956 where he took over the long time practice of Dr. Galt on Lincoln Avenue. Dr. Taylor had the help of his loving wife Sibyl to manage the practice, assist in medical procedures and be his biggest champion. Dr. Taylor practiced as a General Practitioner and General Surgeon until 2011. Dr. Taylor was a long time staff member of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Dameron Hospital in Stockton. He was a member of the Ripon Church of Christ. Dr. Taylor never knew a stranger, his southern manners always shining through along with his southern accent of which he was extremely proud. He acknowledged everyone’s worth and humanity whether it be to assist a patient, their family or his many friends and colleagues. Dr. Taylor was married for 68 years to his loving wife Sibyl, who proceeded him in death on September 17, 2009. Dr. Taylor and his wife had three children, Mathew E. Taylor, Marsha K. Taylor, and Lynda Seelye and two grandchildren, Matthew Seelye and Katie Seelye.