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The passing of Maria Borcsik: more than a GEO lab manager for over 30 years

Maria Borcsik

Recent image of Maria Borcsik provide by Tom Borcsik.

The Department is sad to convey the passing of Maria Borcsik on August 3, 2014. She was beloved by many faculty and staff members, as well as undergraduate and graduate students who passed through GEO A-floor labs for more than 30 years.  Maria was instrumental in designing and teaching laboratories for current faculty members, George Philander, Bess Ward, Tullis Onstott and François Morel, and especially deceased faculty member, David Crerar, in sophomore-level courses in geochemistry, atmospheres, oceans, oceanography, and environmental studies.  She excelled at training, assisting and advising many undergraduates on the Junior Paper and Senior Thesis projects.  Prior to coming to Guyot Hall, she worked with Dick Holland ’46, Faculty 1946-1972, at the Forrestal laboratory.  (Smilodon, 2002, Vol 43, No. 1). Borcsik also assisted Tullis Onstott and his students in working on subsurface microbial geochemistry.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 5-8 p.m., at Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home at 2365 White Horse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 7, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 3816 East State Street Extension, Hamilton, NJ 08619.

Our sincere condolences go out to Maria Borchsik's son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Brenda Borcsik, and to the rest of her family and friends.