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December 31, 2015
Sorry to see this, I was just talking to my reports at work about the distributive property of multiplication over addition and how it meant that they didn't need to worry about the impact of an assumption. And Tom's lessons to us in HS algebra at Cardinal Newman (1970's) exploded in my memory. He taught us that the "Distributive Property" was so important that it was engraved into a titanium plaque in the Smithsonian Institution, and guarded by a huge gorilla that had a big "D" (for Distributive) branded into his chest. And then, after giving a pregnant pause, told us that one student returned after the summer and said that he'd actually gone to the Smithsonian, and was disappointed to learn that there was not actually a big gorilla guarding a titanium plaque...

Tom was a great teacher not just on the lessons in the text books, but also on the others. I think he must have picked up that I, as a HS student, was a bit stressed out on what I wanted to be when I grew up. And he explained that there was no way I was going to know, no one ever knows, so relax. It will be OK. He pointed to himself, with words like these: "Take me, I majored in Economics. When was the last time you opened up the Yellow Pages and found a listing for economists? You will do what you need to do." It was pretty Taoist, or lilies of the field, but it was a great message to give to someone in HS.

Last night I wanted to write him a letter to thank him for all this. I'm sorry I'm late.
June 27, 2015
So sorry to see this My Grandparents were Augusta and Herman Bornhorst- My mom was Monica Bornhorst Bode Mom always talked so highly of your Dad. And of course Uncle George Bornhorst-Will say some prayers- Monica Bode Mcdonald (Monica Bornhorst daughter).
May 26, 2015
Sometimes the Internet can be so slow...I am just seeing this notice now and I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr Bornhorst was a wonderful teacher when I was at CNHS in the 70s. I always thought of him as a gentle giant with a very big presence. He has a special place in my memories of those HS years.
April 03, 2015
On behalf of my family, I'd like to thank all the support, prayers, and fond memories of my father over this past year. Should we all be so lucky to touch as many lives as he did.
December 02, 2014
So sorry to hear about Tom. Our prayers go out to him and all his family. Tom was a great role model, father, friend and coach. He will be missed. We are having a Mass said for him at St. Juliana on January 6, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.
Marilyn Fernandez (West Palm Beach, FL)
May 19, 2014
Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Tom was a great person, coach, and mentor. He will be missed.
May 02, 2014
Mr Bornhorst,

You will truly be missed. As a student, I loved seeing you everyday. You provided order to our chaotic little lives. While you were a man of little words, when you spoke, we all listened.

My heart just breaks to tell you goodbye. Whenever I went back to visit SOA, you were the first person I looked for. Thanks for the memories. Thanks for your authenticity. Thanks for letting me know that you really cared--about me.

I wish I told you these things when you were around. So I hope you see the tears on my keyboard as I type these words.

Rest in Peace...
April 21, 2014
Dear Margaret and Family,
We are so very sad to learn of Tom's passing. He will always remain a kind, loving, compassionate man in the eyes of our family. We wish you all the best and know how sorely he will be missed by so many. God bless you all and may Tom rest in the peace of our Lord.
The Scarola Family
April 15, 2014
To Margaret and family,
I had the privilege of being a teammate of Tom's at Notre Dame. Tom was a great competitor and a team leader. "Zeke" as we all knew him then influenced us all to be a better person both on and off the court. You have my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss and I will always remember my friend and teammate in my prayers....

Jim Monahan
Arcola, Il
April 12, 2014
Margaret, Kevin, Keith, Matt & Mark:

I am so deeply saddened to learn of Tom's passing, and I truly offer my most sincere condolences to you all.

Tom, Bucky McGann and I were inseparable during our shared time at ND. Whether it was on the court, in the classroom, or in the dorm, we were there together. Although time and proximity intervened, throughout the past 50+ years, he remained my benchmark for what a "Notre Dame Man" should be.

I will always remember him as my friend and my teammate, and I look forward to someday reuniting with him on God's basketball team.

Kevin O'Neill
ND Class of 1966

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