Dr. Jesse N. Borden, 87, Baltimore orthopedist

October 01, 2004

Dr. Jesse Nachlas Borden, a retired Baltimore orthopedist whose specialty was treating athletes, died of pneumonia Sept. 24 at a hospital in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was 87.

Dr. Borden was born in Baltimore and raised in the 2300 block of Eutaw Place. He was a 1933 graduate of City College, and earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1936 and earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and during World War II headed orthopedic departments at Army field hospitals in England and France. He held the rank of major.

After the war, he joined his uncle, Dr. Will Nachlas, in an orthopedic practice in the 800 block of Park Ave. For the next 35 years, until retiring in 1982, Dr. Borden treated many Orioles and Colts players and a number of amateur athletes, especially lacrosse players.

"He would not accept payments from rabbis for his services, and many of them were his patients," said a nephew, Neal D. Borden, a Baltimore attorney.

Dr. Borden lived for many years in Mount Washington and at the Anchorage in Canton. He also owned and operated a 100-acre farm in Manchester, where he raised corn and other crops.

After selling the farm in the 1980s, he moved to Ocean City, where he was a laboratory administrator for the city's public works department and a boardwalk supervisor.

"He wanted to have fun in his retirement," the nephew said.

Dr. Borden liked collecting and driving vintage English automobiles, especially Hillman, Morris Minor and Bentley models.

Since the early 1990s, he had lived in Jensen Beach, Fla.

Plans for a memorial service next month are incomplete.

Dr. Borden is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Betty Massie; a daughter, Carol Borden of Sudbrook Park; two stepdaughters, Denise Woutila and Nadine Kujawa, both of Baltimore; and a grandson. His marriage to the former Shirley Newman ended in divorce.

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