Early 20th Century Boardwalk - Beaufort, North Carolina

Friendship with Writer John Ehle

In 1980, the NCSSM opened in the 
old Watts Hospital in Durham, NC

On a visit to Chapel Hill after World War II, Borden Mace met John Ehle, then a student from Asheville and six years his junior. The two men "hit it off" and had a decades-long friendship which resulted in several joint projects.

A huge proponent of education, Mace, along with his friend John Ehle, former NC Governors Jim Hunt and Terry Sanford, was instrumental in founding The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in 1980, serving as the school's first principal and deputy director. The school's library is named after Mace and his late wife, Grace Breslin.

Following his success with NCSSM, Borden Mace was asked to advise in the founding of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 1986, serving as interim director in its first year, and again came out of retirement in 1991 to help establish the School of Filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Borden Mace’s last Hollywood project was with his friend John Ehle in the 1990s, first working to snag the movie deal for
the 1995 film version of Ehle's book, The Journey of August King, then worked with the team as associate producer.

A week before Borden Mace's death, John Ehle was able to visit his long-time friend in his cottage at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, Connecticut.