Anacortes, Washington

1933 - 2020


Anacortes, Washington


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Roger was 87+ when he passed at home with his family at his side. He was born in Minneapolis, the oldest of five brothers to Bernard and Hertha (Klawitter) Born. He graduated from Patrick Henry High in 1951; member of the gymnastic team and lettered in swimming.

Roger had a BS in Geology with minors in Math & Physics from University of Minnesota, 1956. He earned an Electrical Engineering Certification at UofM, 1963.

He worked on a Master's in Business Administration at Southern Methodist University 1968-1970. Roger continued his education at Columbia University; obtained certifications in Business Planning and Finance. He joined MENSA in 1980.

In 1957-1967 he joined the U.S. Army Reserves stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds in Las Cruces, NM. A course in programing large scale digital computers on his first vacuum tube computer, a UNIVAC 1103, initiated a life-long venture into computers.

As a seismologist, Roger worked for the Continental Geophysical Co. and Sinclair Research Inc.
He joined the Sperry Rand Corp, UNIVAC Division as an Associate Programmer and advanced to System Development Engineer supporting geophysical and oceanographic operations.

Roger was proud of being in "Who's Who in California 1985-86" for his patent: Methods and Apparatus for Processing Seismic Data in the Field, 1970.

He worked for Texas Instruments; Mosler Information Systems; Global Atmospheric Research Programs, and NOAA-Data Buoy Office as a technical program manager of an international data collection experiment. Research with Ocean Data Systems Inc. landed him in Monterey, CA.

There he joined Pro-Log Corp. as National Sales Manager. His last computer job was Chief Engineer for Planning Research Corps at Fort Ord, CA. He implemented CAD tools for project management adaptable to field experiments; an integrated ballistic missile program.

Not ready to retire, he and several Real Estate Brokers started Roger Born Associates which evolved into Roger L. Born Associates Consulting in Technical Business Strategy.

Roger was not all business and computers he knew how to have fun; scouting, backpacking, golfing, bowling, skiing, sailing, traveling and driving his 1970 green Ford Mustang Convertible fast. He was a boy scout, a leader and sat on BSA Councils.

He learned to ski on bunny hills in Minneapolis. He served on the National Ski Patrol at Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley for 25 years. Retiring he became the Winter Sports/Ski Reporter for the Monterey Herald. He was a member of the Carmel Ski Club and an Assistant SCRAMP Director for 20+years.

Sailing was his summer passion. He built his first sailboat a Snipe 16' in his garage in MN. He earned his American Sailing Association Certificate; taught and sailed OPB's. He was involved with getting the Small Boats Organization functioning at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

He was a member of the Monterey and Anacortes Yacht Clubs. He was especially proud to have earned his USA Merchant Mariner Credential in 2010 to become an official "Captain". He loved the freedom of being on the water.

In Anacortes, WA he joined Afternoon Kiwanis and served on the Board for six years. He was the regional representative to the International Kiwanis Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. He also served as VP to the Anacortes Historical Museum and involved with the Anacortes Maritime Museum.

Roger is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Kreider (Patti); their daughter, Ashley of Yosemite, CA; son Mark & grandson, Justin of Monterey; two step children: Steven Smale (Annie) of Dorset, England, Nancy Sue MacDonald (Jim & daughter, Kelly Anne) of Redwood City, CA ; their and Mark's mother, Virginia Aders of TN.

Roger was a multi-talented man filled with smiles and laughter. He enjoyed life to the fullest and was happy in the life he led. We are thankful that Roger is at Peace. His ashes will be interred beside his mother. A celebration of his life will be observed on his birthday in July 2021.

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My husband Larry and I had the pleasure of working with Roger at Pro-Log Corporation during 80's. He was always smiling, very positive and upbeat. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mark, and family,

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. He was a great influence in my life during our time together in Scouts, and instilled in me an interest in Computer Science which I turned into my career.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Michael Steensma (Troop 43 - Monterey, mid to late 70's)

Always enjoyed working with and being with Roger. My condolences to his family.

My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. the love of God, friends and family carry you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16,17