Major Taylor’s widow awarded with husband’s posthumous Doctorate award

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Jennie Taylor, widow to Major Brent Taylor who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan in November 2018 and served as the North Ogden mayor, was awarded with her husband’s posthumous Doctorate degree.

The degree was presented at Kingsbury Hall during the College of Social and Behavioral Science graduate convocation Thursday morning.

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 Major Taylor, death was serving as the Mayor of North Ogden City and pursuing a degree towards his doctoral degree in political science.

In March President Donald Trump signed S.49, which designates the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, UT as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation. Rep. Rob Bishop introduced the legislation.

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