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W. Travis Porter, III

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 6, 2007 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Walter Travis Porter III, at age 76, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon soon after returning home from work.
During a wonderful life that is a true American success story, Travis accomplished an exceedingly rare feat. He was not only a great man well known throughout the state for his professional and community distinction, but he also fulfilled his most challenging and treasured personal ambition: to be first and foremost a good and decent man who passionately loved his family and friends, who stood up for fairness and justice even when it was not in his own professional interest, and who gave his all in service to his family, his God, his church, his community and his country.
While a more complete listing is set forth below, just a few of his major distinctions included: his long and distinguished service on the Board of Trustees of his beloved alma mater, the University of North Carolina, which culminated in his election as Chairman of the Board; his long and distinguished tenure on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina university system, which also culminated in his election as Chairman of the Board; his long and distinguished service as a Durham civic and philanthropic leader, which culminated in his election as President of the Durham Chamber of Commerce and later his receipt of the Chamber


Condolences for the family of “W. Travis Porter, III”

Condolence from Cy Matheson on November 9th, 2007 12:00 am

I have many fond memories of past associations. He was a valuable and respected citizen and attorney.

Condolence from Farris Womack on November 10th, 2007 12:00 am

Ann and I lost a great friend. Travis was a great friend to us when we first came to North Carolina and his interest never waivered. Although we haven’t seen him often in recent years, the fond memories of past times together were wonderful and will remain so.

Condolence from Joe Bowser on November 10th, 2007 12:00 am

A great-caring man that I enjoyed working with during my tenure on the Durham County Commission.

Condolence from Crystal Jones on November 11th, 2007 12:00 am

Mr.Porter was a well known man who loved everyone. I am going to miss his smile getting off the elevator and greeting “How is my daughter today?”. He will be missed dearly and you and your family will be in my prayers.

Condolence from Cindy Levine on November 12th, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Greg,
I don’t know if you remember me, but I remember your father — he came to talk to us in Mrs. McClees’ 6th grade class at Morehead School — enlightening our class about the legal profession. I seem to recall him explaining the role of prosecuting and defense attorneys, and I think I’m not making this up about the ethical obligation of prosecutors to turn over exculpatory evidence that they might uncover in the process of preparing a case. Anyway, it was all new to me at the time, and I recall being quite fascinated. I noticed his obituary in the News and Observer this past weekend, and was so sorry to learn that he had passed away. My condolences to you and your family.

Cindy Levine


Cynthia R. Levine
Humanities Reference Librarian
Research and Information Services
NCSU Libraries
Raleigh, NC 27695-7111
919.515.2915 phone
919.515.8264 fax

Condolence from Flip Chevrier on November 13th, 2007 12:00 am

R.I.P. “T” Our days at Porter Military Academy were some of the best. Good and bad, we had fun

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