P&S Journal: Winter 1995, Vol.15, No.1
John Victor Taggart III, M.D.
Dr. John Victor Taggart III died July 23, 1994, at the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Dr. Taggart, the Dalton Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Medicine, was chairman of physiology at P&S for 20 years. He was known for his ground-breaking research on the mechanism of cellular transport and was one of the first scientists to use in vitro systems to study these mechanisms.
Dr. Taggart joined Columbia in 1946 as a Welch Fellow and an instructor in medicine. In 1952 he was awarded a career investigatorship of the American Heart Association. Dr. Taggart's primary research interest was the mechanism of cellular transport, which he found could be studied with particular advantage in the kidney. His work was referenced by Dr. Fritz Lipmann as Dr. Lipmann accepted the Nobel Prize in 1953.
In 1958 Dr. Taggart became a full professor of medicine and in 1962 was made the Dalton Professor of Physiology, a professorship he held until retiring in 1982.
Dr. Taggart received his medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1940 and served his internship at the Los Angeles County General Hospital. He was assistant resident at the University of Chicago clinics and at Albert M. Billings Hospital in 1941-42, assistant in medicine at New York University in 1942-43, and instructor in medicine there in 1943-46. Part of this time was spent on a war program studying drugs to treat malaria and he spent some time in Panama. In 1952 he was awarded the Edward H. Gibbs memorial prize at the Academy of Medicine for research in renal physiology. In 1989 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Columbia University.
He is survived by his wife, the former Theodora Janeway Lannon.