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John E. Borg

John E. Borg

John E. Borg, age 77, died on August 27, 2022 in Quincy IL.

Born January 7, 1945 in Colfax IA to Jack Borg and Kathryn Fatland Borg while his father was in Europe during the end of WWII. His grandparents helped care for him. After his father began teaching in the Des Moines Public School Music program, John and his siblings were raised and educated in Des Moines.

John attended the University of Iowa and finished a BM in viola performance in 1972 and an MM in 1973. During the Vietnam war (1967-70) he served in the US Army Strings in Washington, DC performing in the White House for Presidents Johnson and Nixon. His teaching career began at Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa, then New College in Sarasota, Florida, and later at the University of Georgia. His performing interests took him to various summer festivals, and a several-year stint with Nashville String Machine, a string group in Nashville, TN that made background recordings. Returning to the University of Iowa, he pursued work on a doctorate. Later, he taught at Western Illinois University and at Illinois State University. His passion was performing and teaching. He established The Borg Studio for teaching strings to children in Bloomington/Normal, IL. A debilitating stroke hit him in February 2005, and since then the Illinois Veteran's Home has been caring for him.

He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Borg (Columbus Junction, IA), his three siblings, Paul Borg (Bloomington, IN), Kathryn Borg Schmitt (Winterset, IA), and Robert Borg (Runnells, IA), and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be accorded. Private burial will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared online with the family at www.dukerandhaugh.com. Duker and Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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From:
Bruce Briney
Macomb, IL
Comments:
I was saddened to hear the news of John's passing. I enjoyed working with John at WIU when I first arrived on campus in 1993. He was a beautiful musician and a strong supporter of the QSO. Rest in peace, John.
From:
Teresa Mowen
Cairo, MO
Comments:
So sorry to hear Loved doing face time with you guys. Such an interesting fella. Prayers for you all
From:
Marc Lebovitz
Normal, IL
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John was a warm and kind man, patient teacher and talented musician. He won't be forgotten. Condolences to his family.
From:
Justin Pletsch
Gulfport, MS
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Mr. Borg was a great man and awesome teacher. He had a very contagious personality. You will be sorely missed.
From:
Bobby
Runnells, IA
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I miss you brother.