Edwin Anders Lilienborg
Boise, ID - Edwin Lilienborg, formerly of Idaho City, Idaho, died peacefully on December 7, 2020, at the age of 89. Born in Newark, NJ, to Erik and Helen Lilienborg, he grew up in Sweden, his father's native country. On his family's return to the U.S. in 1948, Edwin completed his senior year at Trumansburg Central School before attending Cornell University, acclimating to the English language along the way. Graduating as a biochemistry major, he first worked as a chemical lab technician at the California Institute of Technology, followed by a job as analytical chemist for Mobil Oil Co. from 1954-1959. After taking computer courses in San Diego, CA, his career trajectory changed, with work as computer programmer for IBM. In his own words, this was a "major installation" in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he worked from 1961-1969. Living briefly in Florida, Edwin eventually put down roots near Boise, ID. There, he worked as Systems Programmer and data base manager for the Idaho State Auditor's Office from 1973 until his retirement in 1995.
Edwin took great interest in all the sciences, especially physics, and donated a shelf of science books to the Idaho City Library. He also had a keen aesthetic sense. This led to various creative projects, including a study of Japanese gardens, creating his own at a home in Boise. More ambitiously, he studied the architecture and advantages of underground dwellings, and enjoyed working on his own underground workshop. He took great pleasure in the unencumbered beauty of the Idaho countryside. There, he enjoyed many years as a runner, sometimes engaging in this competitively. Among calmer pursuits, he also occasionally enjoyed competitive chess, and engaging in the stock market. His family well remembers his independent and enterprising, kind and gentle nature.
He is predeceased by his former wife, Dolores (Speicker). He is survived by wife, Lynda (Crestwood); his sisters, Vivienne (Charles) Burkleo of Winston-Salem, NC; Doris (Phillip) Soyring and Jane (Robert) Kelly, both of Trumansburg, NY; and Nancy (William) Grow of Palm City, FL; stepchildren, nieces and nephews.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2021.