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TYRUS J. PORTER


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TYRUS J. PORTER Obituary
PORTER, Tyrus, J. Fenway Park Architect Passes Tyrus James Porter, 79, of Newburyport, MA, passed away on August 31st, 2018. He had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma just one month prior. Ty, son of the late Emmy Lou Smith and Wayne Porter, was born on April 24, 1939 in New Castle, PA. He graduated from the Hill School ('57) and UC Berkeley ('64) with a Bachelor in Architecture. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Fisk Porter and two children Mark Porter and Kira Hower. Ty worked for many prominent architecture firms such as Chester Nagel, a disciple of Walter Gropius, A. Quincy Jones, Cambridge Seven Assoc., Ashley/Meyer/Smith and Tsoi/Kobus. However, he worked most of his long career as a sole proprietor. In the late 1970's, he became the lead in-house architect for the Red Sox and was pivotal in convincing the ownership at that time to save Fenway Park from being demolished. He was an avid Red Sox fan and an architectural preservationist at heart, so this was a dream job for him. When reflecting on his career, Ty said that being involved in saving Fenway Park was his most significant contribution. Ty loved boating and spent much time on the Charles River, the coast of Maine, and the inland waterways and canals of Europe. He was also the proud grandfather of Mia and Zoie, daughters to Kira and Bob Hower from Cambridge. Their artwork covered his studio walls. A creative and critical thinker, Ty was happiest with a good design problem to solve, great music playing, and a roll of tracing paper at the ready. He cherished working within the community of artists at Cedar Street Studios in Amesbury, exchanging stories and laughs, and sharing his delightful and varied record collection. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Visiting Hours: A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday, Sep.9th at the Story Chapel in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Burial and reception immediately following the service.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 5, 2018
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