Pittsburg State faculty, staff, students, and alumni are mourning the loss of Kelly Borden, a longtime administrative  

specialist in the Department  

of Biology who died on Dec. 31, 2019, after a battle with genetic lung cancer. She was 58. 

A 1979 graduate of Pittsburg High School, she attended PSU and in 1990, married Joe Borden. She joined the Biology Department in 1992, managing the day-to-day operations of the department for 16 faculty and more than 350 majors.  

“She was a consummate professional and the heart of our department,” said Department Chair Virginia Rider. “Kelly tirelessly supported our students and delighted in their successes. She was appreciated and loved by all who knew her.” 

Alumna Pam Clemenson (BS ’98, MS ’00) described her as “an amazing person who was always helpful, always had a smile, and always had an answer for my 1 million questions.” 

“When I would see her at PSU Science Day every spring, she always had a hug for me and continued with the smile on her face, even when she didn’t feel well,” said Clemenson, now a science teacher. “She will be missed dearly by so many!” 

In 2018, Borden was recognized during PSU’s annual Apple Day ceremony for being named the recipient of the Voya Outstanding Employee Recognition Award.  

A memorial service to celebrate her life was held on Jan. 6 in Heckert-Wells.