The Vanderbilt community is mourning Taylor Force, 28, a student at the Owen Graduate School of Management who was killed in a terrorist attack March 8 in Tel Aviv, Israel. All other Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff on the trip are safe and have returned home.
Force, 28, was a first-year MBA student and a 2009 graduate of West Point. He was in Israel as part of an Owen-led trip to learn about global entrepreneurship through meetings with startup companies.
“Taylor’s family and his friends and colleagues have our deepest sympathy and utmost support. He exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community. This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos wrote in a message sent to the Vanderbilt community.