Taylor M.D., David Dax Physician, Educator, Parent, Role Model. Dax's spirit, passion and life force made an impression on everyone he met. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1937 to Russell Curtis and Cecelia Dax Taylor. He attended Normandy High School, class of 1955, where he met his wife of 50 years, Roberta (Bobbe) Riegert. Dax graduated with a BA (History) Amherst College, class of 1959, and joined the brotherhood of physicians and healers, earning his M.D. from University of Missouri, class of 1963, and latter Executive MBA, Northwestern University. After residency (pathology), Dax devoted his energy and focus to medical education. Before joining the faculty, as Associate Professor at University of Missouri, Dax was instrumental in the school's adoption of its Honor Code. He then became Associate Dean Academic Affairs (Southern Illinois University, Springfield) where he oversaw the transition of the medical school from Carbondale to Springfield. His next challenge was as Vice President National Board of Medical Examiners (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Dax retired as Regional Medical Director, Quest Diagnostics (Chicago, Illinois). Along with Bobbe, Dax is survived by children: David Clay (Lisa Stein), Christopher Dax (Sue Ballinger), Laura Taylor (Ralph Vanner, Jr.); grandchildren: Josh (Jenny), Nicholas, Lauren, Kendall, Cate and Michael; sister in-law: Sandra Riegert Thompson; brother-in-law: Marshall Riegert; nephews: Brent, Erik and Kurt. Dax devoted love, compassion and care to many foster children, especially David, Deveon, Eddie, Robin, Vera, Nina, Jarratt, Justice, Tatiana, Johanna, Anthony and the late Kori and Sabrina.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 11, 2011