Orthopaedics mourns the loss of Julia Jonathan, APRN

(January 2013) Julia Jonathan, a nurse practitioner for Yale Medical Group Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle, passed away on January 26, after a long and brave battle with cancer.

Born Julia Wilson Taft, she was the wife of Jeff Jonathan and devoted mother to three daughters, Eliza, Sarah, and Annie. She was born on May 13, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Lloyd Bowers Taft and Virginia Stone Taft. Julia was the great granddaughter of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft and granddaughter of Senator Robert Taft of Ohio.

Julia came from a long line of Yale graduates and faculty members. She graduated the Taft School in 1976 (where she would later serve as a board member), and then attended Yale College. As a Yale undergraduate, she proudly captained the women's soccer team before graduating in 1980. Julia taught at Hamden Hall School before relocating to Lake Placid, where she spent many years with her husband teaching at Camp Treetops and North Country School. She was a well-known and beloved teacher and innovator.

Julia began her nursing education at Pace University and worked many years as nurse manager for orthopaedic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2007, she was awarded a degree as Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner by Yale University.

In 2008 Julia was recruited back to Yale Medical School by John Reach, M.D., to join the Foot and Ankle Section in Yale's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. She excelled in this position, bettering the lives of hundreds of patients, residents, students, and staff.

Throughout her life, Julia had a wonderful love of the outdoors, tennis, running, knitting, gardening, crossword puzzles, cookbooks, and good conversation. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.