Dr. Lee A. Borah, Jr., age 84, formerly of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
Born Feb. 13, 1932, in Tulsa, OK, to Byrnina and Lee Borah, Sr., Lee and his family moved to Cokato when he was 10 years old. He was a graduate of Cokato High School, class of 1950.
Dr. Borah thrived on teaching and inspiring his students at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, where he served as chairman of the psychology department. He brought lecture material to life through personal anecdotes and through his writings in the department newsletter, Hallucinations.
Lee’s sense of whimsy extended to his nickname for himself, “the happy hooker,” a reflection of his love of creating hooked rugs. He designed some after the manner of Monet, including a version of Monet’s water lilies.
Frugal by nature, Dr. Borah lived sparingly for most of the year, and then spent summers mainly in England and Japan, where he had established decades-long friendships.
He was a lover of opera and theater, a voracious reader, and an avid walker; and helped create a wonderful legacy for the psychology and English students he supported through scholarships at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.
Lee donated both time and money to the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Guthrie Theater, and many other organizations. His donations to the cultural life of Minneapolis include a formidable collection of Opera News, extending back to his boyhood, as well as hundreds of reel-to-reel recordings.
Dr. Borah leaves treasured memories with those who knew him in England, Japan, Minnesota, and across the United States.