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Börje K. Gustafsson

Börje K. Gustafsson died on January 5, 2020 in Champaign.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

He was born February 26, 1930 in Kärda, Sweden, the son of Albin and Svea Gustafsson. After military service he studied veterinary medicine at the Royal college of Veterinary Medicine in Stockholm earning his degree in 1960 and his Ph.D. in 1966. In Stockholm he also met his wife, the love of his life and best friend, Gunilla Granzelius. Together they embarked on a 60-year career in international veterinary medicine, having three kids and a couple of dogs along the way. Throughout their marriage they remained very close and shared laughs and many fun and exciting times.
Börje is survived by Gunilla, his daughters Katarina and Charlotte, his son Lars and his grandchildren Nina, Albin, Morgan, Tyke and Olivia.

In 1976 Börje and Gunilla moved the family to the United States, where Börje took on the position as professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota. In 1978 he moved on to become the Head of Department of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In 1987 he and Gunilla moved again, this time without the kids. In Pullman, he became Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Among other things he initiated and led the development of a “Center for the Study of Animal Wellbeing.”

After retiring in 1998, Börje and Gunilla returned to Champaign-Urbana, where Börje became adjunct professor of veterinary medicine and continued to work on different projects and with colleagues from around the world, long into his eighties.

Along with being hard working and ambitious, Börje was a loving husband and father. We think he was the best dad in the world, always helping us children in any way he could, and always with patience and kindness.

He was a loyal friend to his many colleagues and students. He was someone to turn to for guidance and support. He was someone who accepted people as they were and who was always interested in getting to know new friends. He was so proud of his wife, his children and grandchildren, but was at the same time a very humble man. He and Gunilla took their family on an incredible journey that continues today without him, because of him.

We miss him and will always love him and keep his warmth in our hearts.

Vi älskar dig pappa!

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Dear Gunilla, Lars, Katarina and Charlotte,

I was so sorry to hear about Börje. I will always be grateful for the time I spent with your wonderful family — Börje and Gunilla were always so warm and welcoming. (There were some years when I think I spent more time at the Gustafsson house than I did at my own.) Börje was a lot of fun, especially at the parties your family used to throw at the house in Urbana — I'll never forget his singing voice. Sending my warmest regards to you all, and my deepest sympathy.

Love, Lisa


I first met Dr. Gustafsson in the late 90's after being introduced by Dr. Randy Ott. He and I were both boarded in theriogenology and shared many talks about the profession and what lay ahead. A true gentleman, he always inspired me and encouraged me. I know he will be sorely missed by the profession and will be hard to replace. You should be proud of him and his accomplishments. I'm sure he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

—Clifford Shipley


Dr Börje Gustafsson was my major advisor for PhD studies and a mentor during my 40years of working life in in the US. In addition to his superb guidance in science, he was a fatherly figure for me. He was always there to support me during my PhD at U of MN, residency at U of IL, writing recommendation letters of for my jobs at OK State U, LA State U, Tufts U and finally opportunity to work with him at WA State U.

Börje was one of the few visionaries I have met having solid ideas to serve humanity. His humbleness and respect for other people created special feelings. I personally noticed the ultimate gratitude of his trainees and associates in many countries, including Latvia, Uruguay, Pakistan, to name a few.

Börje's spirit will live for ever thru his students and their students. Börje, I will miss you my mentor. I pray for your soul to rest in peace.

—mushtaq memon
Prof Emeritus, WA State U


I am sorry for your loss. 

Dr. Gustafsson taught me theriogenology when I was a student at the University of Minnesota and then our paths crossed again at Washington State University when I was on the faculty. I will always remember Dr. Gustafsson as a kind and caring person. I have fond memories of the Christmas parties although I never did quite get used to grog.  

—Cheryl Dhein


Our sympathies to Lars and the whole family.

—Pete Resnick and Marya Ryan