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Brian L. Harlan Memorial Endowment

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The Brian L. Harlan Memorial Endowment was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on December 27, 2011. The endowment honors Mr. Brian L. Harlan and was funded by his parents, Mr. Larry L. Harlan and Mrs. Nancy W. Harlan.

Funds raised in support of the Brian L. Harlan Memorial Endowment benefit the Counseling and Mental Health Center at UT Austin and support the Be That One suicide prevention program. The Be That One program raises awareness about the issue of college student suicide by engaging faculty, staff, and students to take an active role in suicide prevention. Statistics on college age young adults show that roughly 1 in 4 experiences depression severe enough to impact their ability to function and 1 in 5 seriously contemplates suicide. 

Brian was a 20-year old student at The University of Texas at Austin at the time of his death. The Harlan family hopes that his endowment will help students become aware of the services available through the Counseling and Mental Health Center and to encourage students to seek the assistance that is offered. The family believes that Brian would be proud to have his name associated with the Be That One program.

Brian came from a family of Longhorns. Nancy and Larry both graduated from UT, his two younger brothers, Kyle and Jason, are current UT students, and his sister Kendall, a TCU alum, is also a Longhorn fan. Three aunts, an uncle, a cousin, and a grandparent are also UT alums.

Brian loved the Longhorns so much that there was never any doubt he would attend the university. His best friend, Jeff Welch, attended Texas A&M and Brian showed off his Longhorn pride while the two watched UT take on the Aggies in a basketball game in College Station. As shown in this picture, Brian stood in the middle of the A&M student section, his burnt orange outshining a sea of maroon. Brian and Jeff loved that photograph and it was the source of many great laughs.

Brian Harlan cheering the Longhorns from Texas A&M's students' section.
Brian Harlan cheering the Longhorns from Texas A&M's students' section.

Nancy and Larry’s first-born child, Brian was a joy from the first day he came into their lives. He possessed a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes and stories. He had a great laugh that was contagious with everyone around him. Brian was caring of others and a loyal friend to those who knew him. 

Brian was active in the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and made his best friends there. Through this youth group he grew and matured into a caring and loving young adult. Although he is missed by many, he is remembered through this endowment that continues to assist others as Brian would have wanted.

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