Physics Department to Hold Memorial for CU-Alumnus Sam Taylor

Service will occur Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in DUAN G1B20Sam Taylor

The Department of Physics will hold a memorial for Samantha (Sam) Taylor (Physics, '10) on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in the Duane Physics Building, Room G1B20. Everyone is invited to attend.

Sam and 12 other people were killed in a tragic accident aboard a tour boat in Vietnam on Thursday, February 17.

The 22-year-old was vacationing with her boyfriend George Fosmire when the boat sank during the morning hours. Fosmire reported the news to family and friends via Facebook.

“It’s a tragedy for everyone who knew her,” Department Chair Paul Beale said.

Sam graduated magna cum laude in Spring 2010 with distinction, and with a Minor in Mathematics. Her honors thesis, supervised by Laurel Mayhew, was based on her work with Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC), a CU science outreach program to K12 schools.

Sam and George had been teaching English in China and were on a vacation trip when the accident occurred.

"She was such a great person," Alex Tingle, a close friend and classmate, told 9-News.

Sam is survived by her parents, Karen and Edward Taylor, of Norfolk, Va., a sister, Sydney Taylor, 20, of Erie, and a brother, Jake, 18, also of Norfolk. Services will be held in Alexandria, Va., where Sam was born.

Everyone is welcome to attend the memorial services on Thursday. Please join us as we celebrate Sam's life.


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