In Memoriam: Shirley Naylor

July 13, 2023 by   |   Leave a Comment

Shirley Naylor

It is with great sadness that the University of Virginia’s Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging announces the death of Shirley Naylor, who worked at the department for 36 of her 51 years at UVA. She passed away the morning of Monday, July 3rd.

Shirley Ann (Morris) Naylor was born on November 3, 1947. A graduate of Albemarle High School, Shirley began working for UVA in the Department of Medical Records in 1967. During this time, Shirley transcribed medical documentation, later training and managing other transcriptionists as well.

In 1982, Shirley began working for the Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging. She worked in a variety of capacities, such as providing administrative support to physicians as a part of a secretarial pool, supervising other administrative assistants, and overseeing the departmental library. Shirley also served as the department’s residency coordinator and worked closely with the residency director to recruit and grow our next generation of physicians.

In 2002, Shirley decided it was time to retire after 35 years of service to UVA. But retirement did not last long, and Shirley returned to work later that year as a part-time temporary status employee. For more than a decade, Shirley worked as an administrative assistant in the Body Division. Working closely with the division chief and faculty, Shirley prepared clinical work schedules, scheduled meetings, transcribed meeting minutes, and much more.

Shirley Naylor worked for the Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging for 36 years before retiring in 2018.

In 2013, Shirley chose to retire a second time, but once again returned on a part-time basis in the department’s administrative division. The department was struggling from limited storage space, and Shirley helped to create the department’s scanning operations to digitalize old papers. During her time, she scanned thousands of documents going back more than 50 years, preserving the department’s records and resources in the process. Shirley retired for good in 2018.

Shirley was caring, thoughtful, kind, supportive, hardworking—and overall a wonderful person to work with on a daily basis. Her obituary says that “Shirley was a very generous person and was the rock for her mother and her sisters.” Not only was Shirley a rock to her mother and sisters, but also to all of us in the department who counted on Shirley for so many years. She never let us down and she will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the UVA Breast Care Program at the link below or the Nortonsville Church of God.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Naylor family.

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Shirley Naylor (left) at the Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging Homecoming in 2015.



Comments (8)

  1. Mark Golub says:

    I am saddened to hear that Shirley has passed away. She was an inspiring force in our department and always with a smile and helpful hand in any situation. She was really missed when she retired and it was always a special treat when she visited us again after retirement.
    Rest in peace lovely soul.

  2. Juan M Olazagasti says:

    Heartfelt sorrow for this wonderful soul.
    Shirley was an authentic, helpful and compassionate administrative assistant that quickly became your friend, more than just a co-worker. She would carefully listen when having a tough day and always had a smile on her face.
    May God Bless her soul!

  3. Alan Matsumoto says:

    Shirley was the ultimate professional and was a model for the words kindness and selflessness. She always tried and was willing to help.

    A very special person and colleague, Shirley will be very much missed by all of us who had the privilege to know her.

  4. James Carnes says:

    Shirley was such a lovely person, and I feel so fortunate to have worked with her and to have enjoyed her calm, thorough, thoughtful demeanor over the years. She was a treasure, and I know that her loss leaves a huge gap for her family.

  5. Karen Barden says:

    Shirley was my friend and we had some very deep conversations about life’s biggest struggles over the years. Shirley had a way of making you feel “at peace” from her calming spirit, gentle words and thoughtful heart. She was such a bright light in Radiology and I feel blessed for having the opportunity to get to know her. RIP my dear friend.

  6. Sherry Deane says:

    Not only was Shirley my superior, but she was my friend. She was always on top of new things and helped both Geneva and myself to learn those new things that helped support our faculty. She was a great teacher and supervisor. She was kind, thoughtful, and an absolute joy to work with. She struggled for many years with her health, but always remained positive. She was a true inspiration to me.

  7. Julie Matsumoto says:

    Shirley was such a welcoming, kind soul and a valuable resource for me when I first arrived in the department in 1991. We are fortunate that she chose to make Radiology her work-home for so many years.

  8. Marianne F. Keegan says:

    I am saddened to hear of her passing. Shirley always had a smile on her face, friendly and took time to talk even though she was busy. Prayers to her family.

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