Alden Borders


Rochester: July 6, 2014 at age 60.  Alden Borders is survived by life partner Karl Reynolds, his eight brothers and sisters and his 17 beloved nieces and nephews.

Alden attended Jewell (OR) High School, Clatsop College and the University of Oregon. He traveled widely in South America. As a writer and poet, he studied with poet Carolyn Kizer. He worked in bookstores in Seattle (Elliot Bay), Astoria and Tucson and produced radio spoken word programs for adults and children at KMUN in Astoria.

Alden relocated to Rochester, NY after connecting with his life partner, Karl Reynolds. In Rochester he worked at Outsource, a non-profit funding organization and tended his backyard gardens.

He loved a good cup of coffee, cribbage and to tell stories that made people laugh. He got a big kick out of telling you about a book you ought to read. He could be counted on to recall family and local history, names, dates and places, all verbatim. He was a very strong and private person who lived his life with dignity and strength.

About his writing, he would say he worked: “for a year or more until it is right”.  To all of your beloved: Alden, you were always just right.

Services and interment held privately.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300,

2 Condolences

  1. Tom Ivory on July 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Really sad to see this. He was a great guy. We worked together in Hotel Congress in Tucson in the 90s. He was a great editor and helped me with my papers when I was an English Major in U of A. We got back in touch a couple of years ago but fell out of touch again. What a gentle guy! So funny and so interesting to talk to.

  2. Georgia Williams Duncan on July 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Alden was a “timeless” gentleman. Many years ago while he lived in Tucson, he rented a home from my parents. They thought he was a very special gentleman and I do as well. Alden became a lifesaver and a very good friend when my folks were ill. He let me know when things weren’t going well and kept a close eye on them. I came to understand the love he had for everyone, the ease with which he conversed with all, that wonderful deep throaty laugh he had and how easy he was to talk with. I was sad when he left Tucson, but came ot understand that his move was a wonderful thing for him as he found what he was looking for! I was happy for him. He shall be greatly missed! Rest in peace, my friend.

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