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Bishop Congratulates Family of Major Brent Taylor

May 1, 2019
Press Release
University of Utah to Award Posthumous Doctorate

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the University of Utah will award a posthumous PhD to the late Major Brent Taylor. The degree will be presented to Major Taylor’s widow, Jennie Taylor, at 11:00 AM MDT at Kingsbury Hall during the College of Social and Behavioral Science graduate convocation.


Mrs. Jennie Taylor shared the following comments ahead of the ceremony:


“Our family is grateful to the University of Utah for honoring Brent with his posthumous Doctorate degree.  Brent was dedicated to his academic pursuits, and viewed education as a great investment in the future--not only in his personal future, but in the future of this great nation. 


“It is now our opportunity to carry on Brent's great legacy with an endowed memorial leadership scholarship in his name. For years to come, Brent's commitment to bettering his community through public service can be an inspiration to future political science students at this great university.”


At the time of his death, Major Taylor was serving as the Mayor of North Ogden City, UT and also working towards his doctoral degree in political science. Rep. Bishop (UT-01) earned a political science degree from the University of Utah and issued the following comments to the Taylor family and the University:


“This is a fitting tribute to the memory of a man whose life was lived in the service of others. Major Taylor deserves our praise for the life he lived. I hope that the example set by his commitment to education will forever stand for the students of Utah and the world. The University of Utah was made all the better by having had Brent walking its halls.”


NOTE: In March of 2019, the President signed a bill into law creating the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation in North Ogden, UT. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is upcoming.