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Dr. Elizabeth Jane Borrone died on June 4, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was 81 years old.
Dr. Borrone is the only child of Dr. Milton and Marguerite Borrone. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she attended elementary and preparatory school.
She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in psychology. She subsequently attended Fordham University, where she completed her master's in psychology in 1955.
She attended medical school at the University of Ottawa and graduated in 1959 in a class where she was one of only four women.
While in medical school, Dr. Borrone met and ultimately married Dr. John Lefebvre. Each did their residencies at the Cleveland Clinic before leaving for Seattle to do fellowships at the University of Washington.
Initially, she provided care for the disabled children at Fircrest School as a clinician and served as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of Washington.
Later, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she had to pull back from full-time work opportunities. She spent several years working for the University of Washington at the student Hall Health Center.
Dr. Borrone was a political activist. She believed in the value of all people and was very active in the feminist movement.
She was named as a member of the Seattle Women's Commission and was appointed president of the commission in 1973.
Additionally, she was active in the Washington state Democratic Party and served as district chairwoman from 1971 to 1973. She served as a representative to the state convention in 1972.
Further, in support of her daughter, who was a competitive tennis player, she served on the Seattle Tennis Center Planning Committee and spearheaded the project to bring public indoor tennis courts to the Rainier Valley in south Seattle.
Dr. Borrone and her husband divorced in 1975. Raised as a Catholic Christian, she loved all people and explored many faiths and philosophies, ultimately converting to Judaism in the late 1970s. She spent a year studying her faith and living in a kibbutz outside Jerusalem in 1979.
Upon returning to the United States, she held practices in Anchorage, Alaska, and Lexington, Kentucky, before joining her daughter and moving to Port Angeles.
She had her own general practice in Port Angeles from 1998 through 2008. Due to age and deteriorating health, she again pulled back and focused on providing disability exams and volunteering with the local veterans clinic.
Dr. Borrone fully retired from the practice of medicine in 2011.
Dr. Borrone was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2012. Throughout her battle with her disease, she continued to live life on her terms, ultimately returning to the faith of her childhood.
She is survived by her beloved and loyal cat, Molly; her daughters, Michelle (Ken) Ahrens and Jackie Lefebvre and her partner, Fred McFall; son Tim (Mary) Lefebvre; and four amazing grandchildren, Jack and Anna Lefebvre, and Mary and Michael Ahrens.
Dr. Borrone lived in a home that provided her with a view of the Port Angeles harbor, a view that she loved.
A celebration-of-life service and reception will be held in her backyard, where all her friends and neighbors can enjoy the view she loved, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. The address is 932 East Lauridsen Boulevard, Port Angeles.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 12, 2014