Dr Judith Naylor, 1937–2024

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 66, No. 2, March 2024, Pages 62-63 Obituaries

Dr Judith Naylor

Sadly, Dr Judith Naylor, a highly respected pediatrician in Kamloops, passed away suddenly on 10 January 2024, with a good friend at her bedside. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Ethel Naylor, and her brother, Derek Naylor. She leaves behind many close friends.

Judith was born on 9 February 1937 in Banbury North, County of Oxford, England. She graduated from high school and medical school in England. After completing her medical degree at the University of London, she completed an internship at King’s College. Before leaving England, she completed several diplomas relating to child health.

Eager to become a pediatrician, Judith immigrated to Canada and started a residency program in pediatrics at Vancouver General Hospital. Her 5-year residency training also took her to Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Ohio.

After completing her residency, she moved to Kamloops, where she spent her entire medical career caring for children and their families. As head of the department of pediatrics, she was instrumental in starting a neonatal intensive care program at Royal Inland Hospital.

In her early years, Judith was a competitive swimmer. She lived for her dogs, and over the years she enjoyed the company of many female black Labrador retrievers. She was always interested in everything to do with her homeland.

She loved the outdoors. In her spare time she enjoyed cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, and grouse hunting. Her favorite vacation was an annual getaway to the Chilcotin to camp and hunt grouse.

At her request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations to one of the following organizations in memory of Judith Naylor would be appreciated: BC SPCA, a local food bank, or the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.
—Susan Endersby
—Sharon Frissell


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