Exec was active in charity, community orgs

Gary Borton, a former Kodak and Deluxe Labs VP, died May 22 of colon cancer in Pasadena, Calif. He was 65.

A native of Youngsville, PA., he graduated Cornell U. and received an MBA at the U. of Rochester.

Borton started at Kodak in 1966 at the Rochester, NY headquarters, working in sales, marketing, manufacturing and business development. From 1986 to 1989, he served as VP and managing director of the company’s European region in London, where he coordinated marketing for Kodak in 16 countries. He then relocated to Los Angeles, where he became VP of the Hollywood office.

He left Kodak in 1997 to become Exec VP and head of laboratory operations for Deluxe Laboratories.

Borton was active in charity and community organizations, serving as chairman of the Hollywood/Wilshire YMCA, first VP of the Board of Hollywood’s Permanent Charities Committee and chairman of the board of trustees of the Hollywood Arts Council. He was a member of both the Academies of Motion Picture and Television and headed his own consulting business, Clear Horizons.

Borton is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elizabeth, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Hollywood/Wilshire YMCA; Rotary Club of Woodland Hills Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 144, Woodland Hills, CA 91365 or the Lance Armstrong Foundation, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

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