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Gratitude leads to generous deferred gift from Bob Borlase ’59

Bob Borlase from a WSU yearbook
This photo from the 1957 Parnassus yearbook shows Bob Borlase as a sophomore at WSU.

Bob Borlase always knew he wanted to get a college degree, but he also knew he probably wasn’t a good fit for an exclusive university or private institution.

“I look today at the schools in California or in the Ivy League, and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t get into any of them,” says Borlase, who lives in Tustin, Calif. “But Wichita State takes a chance on average people who want to get a college degree, and I was one of those people.”

“The older I get, the more I appreciate everything I learned at WSU and everything I experienced there.”

A few months ago, Borlase decided to demonstrate that appreciation by establishing a significant deferred gift that will benefit Wichita State. He said the university should decide how the gift will be used.

“Whatever the priorities are at the time, that is how I want it used,” he said.

Borlase graduated from the University of Wichita in 1959 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, emphasis in economics. After working for about eight years for two food-related companies, he went into business as a real estate broker, just like his father had been in the Wichita area.

By that time, he was living in the Los Angeles area, where he had joined the U.S. Army Reserve. Through the years, he kept up with Wichita State primarily through his fraternity, Beta Theta Phi, and also through the WSU Alumni Association. He attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of both.

“Some of my strongest friendships were made at Wichita State,” Borlase says. “That’s another reason I have great fondness for the school. Many good memories were made there.”

Marya McCrae, director of development for the College of Fine Arts, called Borlase an ardent supporter of his alma mater.

“Bob has never forgotten the impact his education had on his career and success in life,” McCrae said. “He has always planned to remember Wichita State University in his estate plan as a way of passing the opportunity he experienced to the next generation. Now he has made it official.”

Borlase doesn’t return to Wichita very often, but he is planning to attend his 60th high school reunion at East next year, he says. And he always looks forward to taking a tour of the WSU campus when he’s in town.

“I never get tired of seeing the campus and everything that is new there,” he says. “I owe Wichita State a great deal, and it is special to see how much it has grown and prospered over the years.”

 

If you would like to learn more about making an estate or deferred gift to Wichita State University, contact Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned and principal gifts, at 316-978-3804 or at mike.lamb@wichita.edu

If you would like to learn more about making an estate or deferred gift to Wichita State University, contact Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned and principal gifts, at 316-978-3804 or at mike.lamb@wichita.edu