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Harry R. Borowski - May 01, 2014


Harry R. Borowski died peacefully in his sleep on April 22, 2014, in Colorado Springs. He was born Jan. 24, 1942 in Grant, Neb., the youngest of eight children, born to Stanley and Anna Borowski.
After graduating from Perkins County High School in Grant and from Kearney State Teachers College, also in Nebraska, Harry taught for a year and a half at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colo., and then earned a master’s degree in Economic History from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he met his future wife, Bobbie.
In 1966, Harry began a 22-year career as an officer in the U. S. Air Force. After completing training at Mather Air Force Base, California, he served as a navigator on KC-135 tankers of the Strategic Air Command that were flying missions from Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, in support of Air Force operations in Vietnam.
In 1972, he joined the History Department faculty at the U. S. Air Force Academy, eventually becoming a full professor and the acting head of the department prior to his retirement in 1988. While assigned to the academy, Harry earned a doctorate in economic history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and also authored and edited two books. A Hollow Threat: Strategic Air Power and Containment Before Korea (1982) was the first scholarly assessment of Air Force strategic capabilities between World War II and the Korean War. The Harmon Memorial Lectures in Military History, 1959-1987 (1988) is a compilation of the lectures in the internationally-known series, sponsored by the academy’s history department, and featuring the world’s most outstanding military historians.
Following his Air Force career, Harry was a realtor for more than 20 years in the Colorado Springs area. He also served on the board of directors of the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District for 14 years.
Harry enjoyed coming back to Grant for wheat harvest and visiting with family and friends. Hunting was a must with his nephews and brother. He was a very avid Husker fan and he came to see a lot of his nieces and nephews games and activities. He enjoyed traveling and always had his camera in hand, taking lots of pictures. He loved to joke and tease, always with a twinkle in his eye. Harry was a very happy man and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Esther Otterstein and Theresa Benton, and by three of his brothers, Leonard, Lewellen, and Melvin.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; his daughter Janet and husband Jeff Humphrey, and granddaughter, Heather, of Lafayette, Colo.; his son, Michael and wife Kelly, of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Daniel and Edward, both of Grant; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are pending. Cards may be sent to Bobbie Borowski, PO Box 64366, Colorado Springs, CO 80962.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, 13123 E. 16th Ave., B045, Aurora, CO 80045 in memory of Harry Raymond Borowski for the Neuro-Oncology Program.