Muriel Borts

September 30, 1927March 8, 2018

BORTS, MURIEL (“DOLLY”), died on March 8th, 2018 in Providence, RI. She was the daughter of Abraham and Fanny Levenson and wife of the late Professor George H. Borts. Dolly was pre-deceased by her sister Grace (George) Saypol, brother Robert (Evelyn Hersch) Levenson, and brother in-law Lawrence (Beverly) Borts. She was the mother of David (Lucia Fontes) Borts, Richard (Paulette York) Borts and Robert (Erin O’Cain) Borts. She was a passionate and loving grandmother of Alexander (Alexendra), Andrew and Liana Borts. Dolly was born in Baltimore, MD on September 30, 1927, and educated at Hunter College of the City University of New York, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1947.

Dolly was married to George for 65 years, traveling with him in support of his passion for economics, living around the country and the world, in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., London, Zurich, Sapporo, Japan and of course, Providence. After raising her family, she was a passionate supporter of literacy programs and dedicated her life to helping others, through both a professional library career at the Providence Athenaeum and support of reading and library programs.

Her funeral will be held on Monday, March 12th at Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, 458 Hope St., Providence, RI at 11:30 AM, with burial to follow at Swan Point Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association RI Chapter, 245 Waterman St #306, Providence, RI 02906 or Hope Hospice of RI, 1085 N Main St, Providence, RI 02904. Shiva will be at the Borts residence, 5 PM– 8 PM on Monday, March 12th, and Tuesday March 13th 5 PM – 8 PM.


  • Funeral Service Monday, March 12, 2018

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Robert Whitcomb

March 15, 2018

I fondly remember Dolly from my years of working with George on various projects and from the Athenaeum. She was a charming hostess and always devoted to her family and friends. For some reason, I have particularly strong memories of breakfasts at the Borts house over which she presided. They were always great fun.