Services for Dr. Brian Taylor
November 7, 2008
Funeral services for Dr. Brian Taylor, 35, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Cranford Funeral Home Chapel in White Hall, Ark. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Cranford Funeral Home.
Dr. Taylor died Nov. 3 in Tyler.
Visitation will be 12 – 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the funeral home.
He was born Dec. 14, 1972 in Pine Bluff, Ark. to Lucy Cotner Mulliken and Randall Taylor. A 1991 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2000.
Dr. Taylor had been an associate professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Tyler since 2000.
Well-respected by his colleagues and students, he was recognized with numerous awards and honors at UT Tyler including, 2004 Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award, 2003 Minnie Stevens Piper Award nominee and 2002 Presidential Summer Research Award.
Other honors include 1999 University of Tennessee Department of Chemistry Research Merit Award and 1998 University of Tennessee Department of Chemistry Outstanding Teaching Award.
Dr. Taylor was a member of the American Physical Society and American Chemistry Society. He served as a reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education and the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, C.D. Mullikin and Jimmy Taylor.
Survivors include two sons, Nathan and Aaron Taylor of Tyler; his parents, Lucy and Dee Mullikin of White Hall and Randall and Susan Taylor of Pine Bluff; brother, Matthew Mullikin of Hot Springs; sister, Rebecca (Ben) Brantley of Pine Bluff; grandparents, Yvonne and C.D. Cotner, Ethel Mullikin and Charlotte Taylor all of Pine Bluff.
UT Tyler Chemistry Professor Dies