Jan Borja, Former New Trier Principal, Dies at 65

The funeral for the Glenview resident is set for Wednesday at New Trier's Northfield campus.

Janet M. Borja, 65, of Glenview, died early Saturday morning after her battle with breast cancer. According to an obituary posted on Donnellan Family Funeral Services her last moments were spent with her husband, Jesus, daughter Kristin (Michael) Endre, and son James. She is also survived by her mother Edith Harris Johnson, brother Richard (Elaine) Harris, sister Jean (Richard) Bukowski, and grandson Charles Endre, and was preceded in death by her father Alfred Harris.


Jan dedicated most of her professional career to the students and community of New Trier High School. She worked there for 40 years as a teacher, adviser, adviser chair, department chair and principal. She put together the team to create the freshman campus and served as principal there since 2001. She retired in 2011.

"The extraordinary success of the freshman experience is due to her focus on the needs of all students, her selection of teachers and leaders who understand and love freshmen, and her single-minded focus on educating the whole child," Superintendent Linda Yonke wrote in a letter to New Trier families Sunday.

Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at the . The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cornog Auditorium at . School is cancelled that day to allow all students and faculty members to attend. Video feed will be provided for any overflow crowd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Kellogg Cancer Center in Jan’s name, c/o NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation, 1033 University Pl., Suite 450, Evanston, IL 60201 or http://www.northshore.org/kellogg-cancer-center/.

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