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Francis ‘Frank’ William Carlborg


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Francis ‘Frank’ William Carlborg Obituary
Born: Nov. 23, 1928
Died: Feb. 1, 2014

GENEVA – Francis 'Frank' William Carlborg, 85, died peacefully at Delnor Hospital in Geneva on Feb. 1, 2014.

A service will be held in his memory at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., west of St. Charles.

Born to Sonja Myrtle and Francis Ulrich Carlborg in Evanston, on Nov. 23, 1928, Frank graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1946, received a BA in mathematics from Ripon College (1950), a masters in mathematics from the University of Illinois (1954), and his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago in 1964. A veteran of the Korean War, he was posted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. After his marriage to Deane Anne Houlahan in 1955, the couple renovated a dilapidated log cabin near Stillman Valley, while he taught mathematics at Rockford College. Moving to St. Charles in 1964, he authored a textbook, "Introduction to Statistics," and launched a consulting practice as a statistician specializing in risk assessment for food additives and pesticides.

Some of Frank's happiest memories were of his boyhood summers in Lake Geneva, Wis. He was a lifelong athlete who enjoyed tennis and spent many happy hours cycling country roads and bike trails with his wife and friends. An avid reader of history, natural science, and current affairs, he also loved the theater and the high lonesome melodies of bluegrass music. A man of sterling integrity, he valued his family, friends, and home in the Fox River Valley above all else.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Deane Anne Houlahan Carlborg; his children, Sonja Deane Carlborg of Front Royal, Va., Anne Frances McCormack of Tiburon, Calif., and William Eric Carlborg of San Diego, Calif., and his sister, Sonja Campbell of Washington, Iowa; proud grandfather of seven grandchildren, Frank is pre-deceased by his parents and two sisters, Catherine Gilmartin and Elizabeth "Betty" Elliott.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Garfield Farm and Inn Museum in LaFox, or plant a tree wherever you like in memory of a man who never lost his wonder of nature.

For additional information, please contact Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at 630-584-2000 or www.mossfuneral.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Feb. 4, 2014
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