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David Dixon Porter M.D.

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David Dixon Porter M.D. Obituary
April 21, 1935 - April 16, 2017 Dr. David Dixon Porter was born in Columbus, Ohio to parents Nicholas Bobrovnikoff and Mildred Sharrer Bobrovnikoff on Easter Day. The family moved to Worthington, Ohio where David, his brother Stephen, and sister Jean all attended Worthington Schools. After high school graduation he moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University for 2 years. He then transferred to the University of Pittsburgh for the B.S. degree and finally the University of Pittsburgh Medical School for the M.D. degree. Following graduation he trained at the Duke University Medical school in Durham, North Carolina in anatomic pathology. He furthered his research career at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. While at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia he trained in virus research to further his studies in various viruses including RSV or respiratory syncytial virus. RSV is particularly harmful to infants and the elderly. His career as a professor of pathology spanned from 1969 to1998 at UCLA School of Medicine until he retired. He trained many medical and graduate pathology students in the art of autopsy to determine the cause of death. In his lectures Dr. Porter always tried to prepare his lectures so as to give the most up to date information as possible. But, even so, a specific cause of death cannot always be determined.. His last research project was to find a vaccine for RSV. For a time he also served as deputy coroner for Los Angeles county As a teenager he was a Boy Scout leader and an Eagle Scout. He led his Scouts in the quest for their birding badge and other outdoor knowledge. Even with a very busy academic life he enjoyed fishing whether in the ocean, lake, or stream. His fishing interest began in Worthington in the Olentangy River. Also when traveling to national parks he enjoyed finding new birds for his list and new animals that he had never seen. His joy was to bring home dinner. For music his favorite composer was Mozart but he enjoyed other classical instruments such as piano and clarinet. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen, his son Michael David Porter and his wife Debbie. His great love was his grand daughter Emma Louise. Other surviving family members are his brother Stephen and his wife Margaret, their son Dmitri, his sister Jean and her children Tamra and Christopher. He succumbed on Easter Day April 16th, 2017 to Parkinson's Disease.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 27, 2017
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