Brian L. Harlan Memorial Endowment
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 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 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.