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Community - April 23, 2014

Obituary: Thomas Borden, 87, active in Rotary Club

Thomas W. Borden, who had a long career in the investment business, was an active member of the Menlo Park Rotary Club, and a resident of Menlo Park for nearly 50 years, died March 14 in Portola Valley after a brief illness. Mr. Borden had been a resident for 13 years at The Sequoias retirement community. He was 87.

Mr. Borden was a New Jersey native, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and a former supply officer on the USS Wantuck, a transport ship in service during the Korean War, according to an account of his life by relatives. In 1954, he married Barbara Jean Seal, who preceded him in death after 54 years of marriage.

His career in the investment business began with Weeden & Co., where he spent 40 years, and then Stone & Youngberg. He belonged to the San Francisco Bond Club and the board of governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). He chaired the NASD Disciplinary Committee for Northern California, Oregon, and Hawaii, and participated in arbitration hearings for 20 years.

Mr. Borden was once a member of the San Mateo County Grand Jury, and he enthusiastically supported the Rotary Club's college scholarship programs. He was a friend to the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, the Transfer Alliance Project at UC Berkeley, and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. He was also a longtime member of the University Club in San Francisco and the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

Mr. Borden traveled widely and attended Stanford football games, but his "greatest joy" was being with his family at Lake Tahoe. He spent summer days at the lake "swimming, rowing, and sharing the beauty of the outdoors" from 1955 through 2013, according to his family.

Mr. Borden is survived by daughter Ann Bruhn; sons John Borden and Jim Borden; and his grandchildren.

The family prefers donations to the Menlo Park Rotary Foundation or the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

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