Dr. Craig W. Borden, M.D.

Obituary Notice

    Dr. Craig Warren Borden, 88, of Little Rock, Arkansas died Monday July 19, 2004 at St. Vincent's Hospice Care. He was born August 31, 1915 in Springboro, Ohio and was the son of Dr. Carl and Ethel Borden.

    Dr. Borden attended Oberlin College and received his medical degree from the Harvard Medical School in 1941. He served as an Army physician in the Pacific Theater during World War II from 1943 to 1946.

    From 1947 to 1953 Dr. Borden was a Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 1953 he relocated to Chicago and for twenty-four years was associated with Northwestern University and the V.A. Research Hospital.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Borden was dedicated to high standards of patient care, teaching and research. As Chair of the Medical Service at Northwestern's VA Hospital from 1954-1974, he restructured the third-year clinical clerkship and the training of residents. He excelled at bedside teaching rounds, which were rigorously conducted. His house staff became superb clinicians and some went on to become leaders in organized medicine. A major accomplishment was his work with the American Board of Internal Medicine as Chair of the Oral Examination Committee. He initiated numerous studies and evaluations of the oral exam, which led to its abandonment. His committee recommended that a resident's clinical and bedside skills should be evaluated systematically throughout his/her residency training, which remains a standard of practice today. Dr. Borden served as Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (1970-1971) and was founder and President of the Association of Veterans Administration Chairs of Medicine.

    In 1977, Dr. Borden and his wife Stella moved to Little Rock where he worked as Director of Medical Education for Internal Medicine and as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the active staff of St. Vincent's Infirmary. He retired in 1986.

    In retirement, he and his wife spent extensive time in Maui and Bayfield, Wisconsin. Dr. Borden's broad interests included classical music, literature, and politics.

    Over the years he received various awards including the Northwestern Medical School Teacher of the Year and in 2001 the title of Master of the American College of Physicians. Shortly after Dr. Borden's retirement from Northwestern, plans for an annual Craig W. Borden honorary lectureship were announced.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Stella , who died in 1996. He is survived by a niece and a nephew, Lois Fitzpatrick of Blue Grass, Iowa and Craig B. Loucks of Acton, Massachusetts.

    A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 1:00 PM at the Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Arkansas Hospice, 5600 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204. You may sign the online registry at www.ruebelfuneralhome.com

Register Book

  • A finer man could not exist. A joy to be his neighbor and colleague. Dr. Borden was a gentlemen and scholar.
    Dr. David S. Bard
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Email: gyncon@comcast.net
  • Peggy Nack 
    Torrance, California
  • Dianne Y. Wiik
    Taylors Falls, Minnesota 
    Email: yokowiik@cornernet.com
  • To Lois Fitzpatrick and Craig Loucks: We in the little community of Bayfield, Wisconsin were blessed to have enjoyed your uncle's company during the many summers he spent here, overlooking his beloved Lake Superior. I met Dr. Borden when he asked me to list two shoreline lots south of Bayfield back in about 1984. I treasured his patience, easy smile and sense of humor. He and Stella were always gracious to me, a young person growing into my job in sales and rentals over the past 20 years. Thanks for sharing him with us.
    Kathleen C. Russell 
    Bayfield, Wisconsin 
    Email: krussell@apostleislands.com
  • Please extend my sympathy to the neice and nephew of Dr. Borden - a friend of my mother, Margaret Jung Schmidt - Class of 1923, Miamisburg High School - who passed away February 4, 2004. His father, Dr. Carl, delivered both my brother and me (1941 and 1943, respectively). An aside: I work at the Miamisburg City Schools, Central Office, and enjoy seeing Dr. Craig's photos every day....on the basketball and football teams of the early 1930s. I am sorry for your loss.
    Michael J. Schmidt
    Miamisburg City Schools 
    Miamisburg, Ohio 
    Email: mschmidt@miamisburg.k12.oh.us 
  • I was terribly sorry to hear of Craig's death when I returned from vacation. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend and he and my late husband spent much time together over the past years. We met Craig and Stella when they first came to Arkansas and became our neighbors and enjoyed visiting them on Maui. I spoke to him just a few weeks before his death and we were planning on his coming to dinner. He was a wonderful and warm man and I'll miss him. My sympathy to you.
    Lee Lee Doyle 
    Assistant Dean, UAMS
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Email: doyleleel@uams.edu
  • Lois Boyer
    Davenport, Iowa


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