David Wellington Borst, Jr.

The MBL flag will be lowered next week in memory of MBL Corporation member, course faculty member, and visiting investigator Dr. David Wellington Borst, Jr., who passed away on September 27, 2010. An obituary from his family follows:

David Wellington Borst, Jr., 64, of Winter Springs, Florida and Falmouth, Massachusetts, passed away Monday, September 27, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Susan True Wardwell Borst, along with daughter Stacy L. Beaudry and husband Kenneth, and their sons Devin and Austin of Ellington, Connecticut, son Douglas T. Borst of Miami, Florida, and daughter Allison T. Borst of Washington, D.C. David also leaves his two sisters, Linda Noble and husband Richard of Alexandria, Virginia, and Ruth Punt and husband Rodney of Santa Monica, California, along with six nieces and nephews.

David Borst was Professor of Biology at the University of Central Florida. Previously, he was Professor of Biology at Illinois State University (ISU), where he taught for many years, and Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Connecticut. He was continuously involved with research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he was also a member of the MBL Corporation. He maintained a summer lab at the MBL from 1985 till 2003, and participated in the teaching of several courses, and brought many students from ISU to the MBL. During his career, he was named Distinguished Professor at ISU, the highest honor the University bestows. He and his family enjoyed several years abroad while he served as Visiting Professor and Fogarty International Fellow at the University of Liverpool, U.K., and as Visiting Professor at the University of the Basilicata, Potenza, Italy.

David Borst received his B.A. in Biology from Reed College (’69) in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. in Zoology and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (’73). He was born in Schenectedy, New York, to the late David and Helen Borst of Palos Verdes, California.

A private gathering of friends and family will be held to celebrate David’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs, Florida.