PORTER LTC JOHN MORING PORTER July 14, 1942 - January 1, 2008 John Porter, a dedicated soldier, scientist, and public servant died today after a two year battle against melanoma. LCT Porter graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA with a BS in Chemistry and a commission in the US Army. After his army career he continued his education pursuing a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Wesleyan University. LTC Porter served in the US Army with assignments in the US, Germany, and Viet Nam. His responsibilities covered a gamut of assignments advisor to the Vietnamese Infantry, managing chemical and nuclear weapons in Europe, managing an ammunition plant, and developing courses at the US Army Chemical School at Ft. McClellan, AL. He finished his career at the 76th Division Headquarters in West Hartford, CT. His Army career extended for more than 20 years, during which he was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was also Explosive Ordnance Disposal qualified. After leaving the military he went to Wesleyan University to pursue advanced studies in Organic Chemistry. While at Wesleyan he served as president of the Graduate Student‘s Association and served on the Education Policy Committee. LTC Porter was recruited to lead the Drug Analysis Laboratory at Prince Georges County Police in 1998. LTC Porter is survived by his parents, William Moring and Anne J Porter, two brothers Ben and David, and his sister, Anne Gallagher Services will be private. Arrangements by JOHN M. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, Annapolis, MD In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John M. Porter Memorial Scholarship Fund, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA 01609, ATTN: L. Zingarelli. Online condolences may be made to: www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 8, 2008