John Roscoe Borst passed away on August 21, 2015 at Brookdale Montgomery Assistive Senior Living, North Wales, PA.
Mr. Borst was the only child of Dr. Roscoe C. and Grace B. Borst, born in Utica, New York on October 26, 1918. In recent years, he resided in Leesburg, FL. before moving to Pennsylvania several months ago to live nearer to his daughter and son.
John’s boyhood years were spent in Utica where he attended the local schools and graduated from Utica Free Academy. He then graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. prior to entering Cornell University from which he obtained a Bachelor of Chemistry degree in 1941 and a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1942.
Mr. Borst was employed by the DuPont Company during World War II as a process engineer in New Jersey. In 1945 he was employed by the Technical Department of Sheffield Farms Company, Inc. as a field process engineer. He subsequently became production manager and then general manager of the Sheffield Chemical Company in Norwich, N.Y., a dairy products’ manufacturing subsidiary of Sheffield Farms, Co.
In 1959 Mr. Borst started a business as an importer of dairy proteins, primarily from Australia. He subsequently formed his own corporation, Tetroid Company, Inc. in Hamilton, N.Y. for the purpose of importing dairy protein products from overseas manufacturers in Australia, The Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and France as suppliers.
Mr. Borst was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists for many years and also served as a board member of Champlain Industries, Ltd. in Canada during his business career.
John Borst was deeply involved in community activities during his lifetime. He became a member of Rotary International in 1954 and twice served as president of the Rotary Club of Sherburne, N.Y. He was subsequently a member of the Belen, New Mexico Rotary Club and then the Rotary Club of Hamilton, N.Y. He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Belen, N.M. Rotary Club and was also a Benefactor of the Rotary Foundation. In 2004 Mr. Borst received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hamilton Rotary Club in recognition of his commitment to Rotary International for over 50 years.
Mr. Borst initiated the Rogers Environmental Center near Sherburne, N.Y. in 1964 and subsequently founded the Mid-York Conservation Fund, Inc. (now renamed the Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc.) to supplement and support the activities of the Rogers Center. Mr. Borst was actively involved in conceiving and supporting the Rogers Center for over 35 years.
Mr. Borst also served as a New York State Parks Commisioner for over 10 years and was a charter member of the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency. In addition, he was a trustee of the First Congregational Church (now the United Church of Christ) in Sherburne. He served as president of the Hamilton Hockey Association during which time he also coached youth ice hockey. He served as a board member of the property owner’s association at Leland’s Pond, the Leland Pond Betterment Association.
Mr. Borst felt deeply indebted to the Phillips Exeter Academy because of its impact on his life. He served both as Class Agent and President for his Class of 1937.
In 1977 he received the Colgate University Civic Award for Conspicuous Community Service for his many community contributions.
Mr. Borst and his wife, Lucile lived in several locations during his working years and subsequent retirement: New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, and Florida. Their way of life was oriented toward country living which was reflected by their 29 years of residency north of Sherburne, N.Y. (Furmans Mill Road) and their log house on Leland’s Pond (north of Hamilton, N.Y.) where they happily resided for 26 years during the summer months.
Mr. Borst was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 71 years, Lucile, on Feb. 7, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela B. Bland of Lambertville, N.J. and his son Peter D. Borst of Cumberland, R.I.; two granddaughters, Rebecca McCarrick of LaGrange, KY. and Deborah Hollis of Dothan, AL.; three great-grandchildren, Hunter McCarrick, Natalie and Kourtney Roberts; and a sister-in-law, Joan H. Root, of The Villages, FL.
A Memorial Service to celebrate John's life will be held at 10am October 3, 2015 at the Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY.
Interment will follow at 2pm in the Cobleskill Rural Cemetery, Cobleskill, N.Y.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Friends of the Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., PO Box 932, Sherburne, N.Y. 13460 (www.FriendsofRogers.org) or to a charity of your choice.