|Remembering George Borts|
I had two different meetings with Professor Borts my senior year, both after searching for final semester grades posted on the door to his office. (“What a Professor Should Be,” Farewell, Obituaries, July/August). My first semester, I found my ID number listed right below the red “cutoff line” between A’s and B’s. Knowing the professor was a soccer supporter, I knocked on the door and was invited in. I explained: “We had an extended soccer travel schedule this year (including a trip to the Final Four) and I had legit reasons for missing a lot of class time. Would you consider bending the curve a bit?”
Professor Borts was my faculty adviser when I was a freshman. He suggested that maybe medicine would be a good fit, and I ignored the suggestion. Later, I took a course on the New England economy from him and pretty much ignored what I learned there also.
I loved Professor Borts, one of my favorite Brown teachers. He really challenged us hard in class. He forced us to think instead of memorize.
Professor Borts was one of the wonderful teachers who make Brown such a great institution. His wit and intellectual rigor helped instill in many students (myself included) a love and deeper understanding of economics. He will be sorely missed.