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Former Northwestern Associate Dean Borchers Dies at 82

July 14, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Curtis E. Borchers, 82, former associate dean of the Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, died June 23 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wisc.

Mr. Borchers joined Northwestern in 1966 as a lecturer in chemistry and director of chemical laboratories. He received tenure in the department of chemistry in 1971 and at that time was named assistant dean in the Weinberg College. He became associate dean in 1981 and became emeritus when he retired in 1986.

Before joining Northwestern, he worked for Phillips Petroleum and was an associate professor at the University of Arkansas, teaching and directing research in process instrumentation and control.

Mr. Borchers and his wife Leona retired to Washington Island, Wisc., where he was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Sportsman Club.

A native of Bellingham, Wash., Mr. Borchers received a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 1948, a master’s degree from Oregon State University in 1951, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1955.

Mr. Borchers is survived by his wife; children Debby (Mike), Barbara, Brad (Aya), Duncan, Christine and Chuck; six grandchildren; and a brother Donald.
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