Dear Friend Lee and your amazing sons and their families:
David will not be forgotten. His kind ways and variety of interests made him especially pleasant to be around.
Of late he was failing but many the lovely time we have had over the years at your little beach house in Nantucket. Be comforted.
Our love to you all,
Dot and Skip Vollans
The world, especially Emily Dickinson studies, was greatly enriched by David's life and work. My last conversation with him was in a bright August Amherst sun just outside the Lord Jeff, and I will always treasure that memory--David laughing and throwing back his head and us both drinking in the sustaining joy of a mutual love for Dickinson and her words.
Also, the Emily Dickinson International Society, which I now serve as President, is grateful for his strong work and encouragement of ours.
Oh Lee, I am so sorry -- David was a wonderful mentor and friend. His and your kindness and support to William and to me meant and means the world. My deepest sympathy and love.
Uncle Dave We will greatly miss you. Thank you for all the special memories with you and Aunt Rosalie. Our family is so proud of all your outstanding accomplishments and your dedication to your family- Love You Always-Laura Jim James and Margo
We will remember you with great fondness
and wonderfull memories. Rest in peace,
Francie, Jerry, Maria, Craig & Jerry Jr.
I'm so sad to hear of David's passing. He was one of the great scholars and humanists of an era that is quickly fading. The loss of both Julie Harris and David within months of each other has shaken all who love the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
I will always be inspired by his brilliance, his generosity, and his sparkling smile.
Tom..am very sorry for the loss of your dad. I still remember the few times i met him. He was very humble and kind. Your mum and your brothers are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sorry to hear of the David's death-a distinguished scholar who did honor to our English Dept for many years, Condolences to Lee and all his children and grandchildren--a painful loss. Jules Chametzky
Dear Rosalie, I would just like to put on record my gratitude for David's generosity to younger scholars who visited Amherst: he shared contacts, information, enthusiasm, guidance and deep, deep knowledge. He was a patient and wise man, and his books will live on. My sincerest condolences to you and to your family.
I will always remember my beloved Uncle Dave as one of the smartest and nicest men I ever knew. I cherish my wonderful childhood memories spent in Amherst, Nantucket and Rockport with the Porter family.
My deepest sympathies to my Aunt Rosalie and my three cousins Tom, Dave and Steve and the rest of the family.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are all saddened by the passing of your beloved husband. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance. Our condolences to you and your family.
Prayers to the Porter family. What a guy!
As a former neighbor and friend, I have many fond memories of Dave Porter and his fine family and I am greatly saddened by news of his death. He will be missed by many friends and colleagues world-wide.
My condolences to Lee and the three boys, especially Steven, who shared many Amherst hours with my son, Aaron.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.