The Obit For Santy Boring

Donald Robert Boring

Published in the San Jose Mercury News on 3/18/2008


Donald Robert Boring was born in Detroit, Michigan August 11, 1926 and passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Stanford Hospital at the age of 81 after a valiant battle with Leukemia. His mother Ruth, father Donald, sister Donna and niece Debbie preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Alice Davenport Boring, brother-in-law Marvin McGill, nephews Stan and Dickie McGill (Shirley and Michaella) of Maryville, TN. He was the loving father to 4 children: Beverly, Neal (Sandy) Don (Sue) and Anne (Tom); and grandfather to 6 grandchildren: Brittany, Megan, Kelly, Chad, Sara and William. Kelly's son Tyler is Bob's first great grandchild.

Bob was raised in Friendsville, TN and while at Friendsville High School, Bob (Bobby) Boring was a star letterman in basketball. He was selected to the all state basketball team both his junior and senior year. As a teenager, his baseball career began with participation in Alcoa, TN semi-pro league. He signed his first professional contract with Appalachian League, Elizabethton, TN.

Upon graduation, the US Navy was waiting and he served as Navigator 1st Class on PT boat #584 in the Philippines from 1944 to 1946. Once the final Axis power surrendered,

Bob returned home to attend Maryville College in Tennessee. He lettered in three sports (football, baseball and basketball) and was the basketball team captain. He was a stellar short stop and third baseman for the baseball program.

In his senior year he was elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1949-50. Bob graduated Cum Laude from Maryville College. In December 1946 during Bob's freshman year he played football in the first Citrus Bowl, previously called the Tangerine Bowl. He was inducted into the Blunt County, Tennessee Athletic Hall of Fame and the Maryville College Sports Hall of Fame.

Bob and Alice married on May 17, 1950, their college graduation day. He continued his baseball career playing in the New York Giants Farm system from 1950 through 1955. He was voted Rookie of the Year with a batting average of .377. He averaged 20 homeruns and over 100 RBIs per year, and was on the all star team every year. During this time, he also earned his Masters Degree in Education from the University of North Carolina. Bob later played with the Atlanta Crackers for the Dixie Series win in 1956.

After retiring from his baseball career, Bob joined Lockheed Martin Corp in 1955 in Marietta, GA. and retired 32 years later as a Director of Marketing in Sunnyvale, California. Bob and Alice have been long time residents of Cupertino, California and members of the Saratoga Presbyterian Church where Bob served as an Elder. Bob passed on his love of sports.

He coached his sons in Little League and many fond memories were made during the winter ski season at the family cabin in Lake Tahoe. The family enjoyed their membership at Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club where Bob was thrilled to enjoy his only hole-in-one. When the family gathered, Bob usually had the video camera rolling. Bob was also a prolific reader and enjoyed spending time watching sports, and following the stock market.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 2:00. Officiating is the Reverend Bill McGuiness, Interim Minister at the Saratoga Presbyterian Church and Dr. James Baird, Bob's lifetime friend of 61 years. Final resting place will be the Mountain View Cemetery in Marietta, GA.

Bob and Alice have established an endowment fund at Maryville College. Contributions can be made in Bob's name to the Donald Robert and Alice Boring Scholarship Endowment Fund at 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804-5907, attention Holly Jackson-Ludlow. Or contributions can be made to Stanford Cancer Research attention Elaine Staats, 269 Campus Drive, CCSR 1155, Stanford University, 94305-5156.

Please include a note to indicate the gift provides general research support for Dr. Bruno Medeiros' in memory of Donald Robert Boring.