Robert E. Borah
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Ice Hockey

Robert E. Borah '55
Hometown: Providence, RI
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1983

Robert E. Borah '55 loves hockey. That much is very clear, considering the facts: that Borah officially ended his career only two years ago, when he stopped playing hockey in the New England leagues; that he was a hockey referee in Connecticut and Rhode Island from 1957 to 1970; that he has been a mainstay of the Brown Hockey Association, including service as its president. Wes Moulton '31, the man who brought Borah to Brown, commented recently on his effectiveness as a hockey player. "Bob Borah and Russ Kingman '56 were the finest pair of defensemen in the East during the 1954-55 season," Moulton says. "They complimented each other. Russ was a rushing, scoring defenseman. Bob, at 6-1, 180-pounds, was the defensive end of the tandem. When Russ went flying up the ice, Bob stayed home and protected the goalie. I remember Bob Borah as a punishing defenseman, one who could slow down attacking forwards with solid body checks. Also, his height and long arms made it difficult for opponents to get around him. He would be a standout on any college hockey team today, particularly because of his legal rugged bodychecking, which has become a lost art among collegians." Elected a co-captain of the team in his senior year, Bob Borah was selected for the All-New England, All-Ivy and All-East squads. He was also invited to the tryouts for the 1956 Olympics and the 1957 National Team. Borah was strictly a local product, being born and educated in Providence and graduated in January 1951 from Hope High School, where he was selected to the All-State Hockey team. He spent the spring semester at the Clark School in Hanover, NH, where he played hockey and baseball. Since graduating from Brown, Bob Borah's activities have extended far beyond hockey, although he has never lost contact with the sport. A former agent for New England Life Insurance Co., where he was awarded the CLU designation by the American college of Life Underwriters, he is now president of Robert E. Borah & Associates, Inc., an employee benefit consulting firm in Providence, and a general partner in Charles-Orms Associates in Providence. Bob has served as president of his class and chairman of its 10th reunion committee. With his wife and their six children, Borah lives in Seekonk, Mass.