Harry M. Walborsky
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Harry M. Walborsky Harry M. Walborsky, 78, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Florida State University, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Paula Walborsky. The memorial service will be at 4 p.m. EDT today at Robert Fisher Chemistry Lecture Hall at Florida State University. Family will receive friends at 2223 Ruadh Ride following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1424 Northeast Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329, or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. He was born in Lodz, Poland, but had considered Tallahassee his home since 1950. An organic chemist, he was awarded the 1978 Florida Award by the American Chemical Society for outstanding accomplishments in the advancement of chemistry and was named the Florida State University Distinguished Professor of the Year for 1980-81. His research and writing on cyclopropanes is considered fundamental to an understanding of the mechanisms of stereochemistry. He is also remembered by his friends and family as an avid tennis player, bridge and chess player and poker player. Other survivors include his four children, Edwin Walborsky of Pensacola, Eric Walborsky of Bridgeport, N.J., Lisa Walborsky of New York City and Irene Walborsky of Bedford, Mass.; his granddaughter, Emily Moss; his brother, Hy Walborsky; and his devoted caregiver and companion, Rosella Gilliam.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2002.
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October 19, 2002
To Eric, Edwin and the Walborsky family:
I was saddened to read the news of your father's passing.
Even with this sunset, the sun also rises. . . as I am sure that it will for you all, with fond memories and loving thoughts of your dad.
Peace.
LaNedra Abrams Carroll (FHS Class of 1973)
LaNedra Carroll
October 18, 2002
Outside of my family, Harry Walborsky was probably the most important person in my life. He was both mentor and friend. He gave me an opportunity to study chemistry under his wing when no one else seemed to think I could do it. His encouragement and enthusiasm for my class work and research allowed me to achieve a PhD in Chemistry and go on to a satisfying career in industry. We have kept in touch as friends in the intervening 42 years, sadly not as often as we should have. Harry will always have a special place in my heart and memory.

Larry Plonsker
Larry Plonsker
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