Earl Borr, associate professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Nov. 5. He was 90.
Borr moved to Portage, Michigan, in 1957 to join WMU's faculty as an assistant professor for the Campus School, which was later known as University High. He was teaching seventh grade mathematics and science when he took a hiatus from 1960 to 1962 to serve as WMU's assistant registrar.
He returned to teaching at University High, but the school was to close in 1966. So the year preceding that, Borr joined the teacher education faculty in what is now the College of Education and Human Development. He taught and served as teacher certification officer until 1971-72, when he began serving as teacher certification officer full time.
Borr retired in 1984 as an associate professor in the Department of Education and Professional Development after almost 27 years of service to the University.
During the latter part of his employment at WMU, Borr was responsible for determining if those students recommended by the University for various types of teacher certification met all state and institutional requirements.
But he began his WMU career as a student, earning a bachelor's degree in education in 1950 and a master's degree in education in 1956. He was a four-year member of the track team and served as co-captain his senior year. He also was a member of the W Club.
Before joining WMU's faculty, Borr taught school and coached track and basketball in the Michigan cities of Port Huron and Marine City.
The Holland, Michigan, native enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after graduating from high school. He served on the LSM 378 (the Liberty Belle) in the Pacific through the end of World War II and went on to attend WMU on the GI Bill.
Services have taken place.
The family obituary and message book are available at lifestorynet.com.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.