Mary Elsie Border was born in Strasburg, OH, on March 6, 1901. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Ohio State University in 1924, moved to Manhattan, KS, and joined Kansas State Agricultural College, Division of Extension in 1927. In 1937 she was made an honorary member of Clovia. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1940 and associate professor in 1944. Border took sabbatical for graduate study, 1948-1949, and leave without pay in 1953-1954 to work as an Extension Home Economics Advisor in Pakistan with the Point Four Program, a U.S. foreign aid program. She resigned from KSU in 1957 and returned to foreign service, serving in Turkey until 1961, when she transferred to Liberia and Libya. She retired from foreign service and returned to the U.S. in 1963.
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