March 12, 1934 - June 8, 2019
Dr. Christopher Borman, III, passed away on June 8, 2019 in Houston, Texas. A private family memorial will take place at a later date.
He was born on March 12, 1934, to Paul and Ella Borman in Gary, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, of sixty-one years, Ruth. He is also survived by his daughter, Gretchen Stephenson of Woodinville, WA and her husband, John-Mark, and their daughters, Hannah, and Rachel Coleman and her husband, Graham Coleman of Dallas. Also, he is survived by his daughter, Claire Bloching and her husband, Ryan, and their children, Harrison and Kaitlyn of Weatherford and his son-in-law, Steven Lesher of College Station, and granddaughter, Megan Lesher and her fiance, Nick Veselka of Austin. Christopher is preceded in death by his daughter, Lisabeth Lesher. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Fraser of New Bern, North Carolina and her family—his cousin, Ms. Toni Allyne of Bellevue, WA and her family—his cousin, Dr. J. Daniel Cline of Midland, MI and his family and his cousin Dr. Earl Cline's family.
Chris's great-great grandfather established a hunt club near Chicago in the late 1800's in northwest Indiana. The hunt club eventually became a German settlement called Tolleston. Tolleston preceded the founding of the city of Gary and this is where Chris lived in his youth. His great grandfather, Christopher I, is also the great-grandfather of Frank Borman, the astronaut. His maternal grandfather emigrated from Bohemia and settled in Chicago. He was a musician and played clarinet in John Phillip Sousa's band in the Spanish-American War. His grandmother hoped that Chris would also choose music as a career but he chose to be a mathematics teacher. Chris graduated from Tolleston High School and was salutatorian of his class.
He received a bachelor's degree from the College of Education at Indiana University and a master's degree in mathematics education from Northwestern University. He taught high school math for ten years and then earned an Ed.D in counseling psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Chris joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1970, College of Education in the department of Educational Psychology. During his twenty-one years at A&M, he served as the head of the department for Educational Psychology, associate dean for research, and interim dean. In 1991, he was asked to join the faculty at UTSA and begin the process of founding the College of Education. In 2000, he was named Founding Dean of the College of Education, UTSA.
Chris was always dedicated to his profession and provided strong leadership. He was a member and officer of many professional organizations including TACES, ACES and NCDA. He is also the author of a book "Retirement a Lifetime Adventure."
Chris was very proud of the accomplishments of his three daughters, four granddaughters, and grandson. Not only did he provide well for his family but was also a role model for leadership and accomplishment. Those who knew him well also knew of his love for baseball and particularly, The Chicago Cubs. He became a fan at age seven. The first day of spring training was always marked on his calendar and announced loudly to the family. We were always confident in his love and appreciation for us but always suspected that perhaps the Chicago Cubs had an edge on us for his affection. We girls always knew that the Cubs were part of the family.
Rest in peace, Chris, Daddy, Grandpa and, GO CUBS!