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Utah philanthropist, Beverly Taylor Sorenson, dies

Beverley Taylor Sorenson, a Utah philanthropist and advocate for the arts and education, died Monday. Sorenson was 89.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement upon news of the passing of Beverley Taylor Sorenson.

“Utah mourns the loss of one of our finest matriarchs with the passing of the ever-gracious Beverley Taylor Sorenson. Always the dedicated teacher, her extraordinary life has made a difference for thousands of Utah schoolchildren through her tireless support of arts education, not only through her generous financial contributions by the Art Works for Kids Foundation, but especially through her vision and drive to demonstrate meaningful educational outcomes and the lasting value of incorporating art and culture across educational curricula. Jeanette and I offer our sincere condolences and love to her eight children and extended family at this most difficult time.”

According to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation's website, Beverley Taylor Sorenson was a tireless champion of both the arts and education. In addition to raising eight children of her own, Mrs. Sorenson influenced the lives of thousands of Utah elementary students through her passionate commitment and generous contributions.

Ever industrious, Mrs. Sorenson worked her way through a degree and teaching certificate at the University of Utah sorting mail six hours a day after school. After graduating in 1945, she worked as a kindergarten teacher at a Quaker school in Brooklyn, New York, where she met the man she would eventually marry, biotechnology pioneer James LeVoy Sorenson. She also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Southern Utah University and Salt Lake Community College.

Beverley and her husband were ardent supporters of both the arts and education through the family’s Legacy Foundation, and in other philanthropic efforts.

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