Eric-Von der Porten-Obituary

Eric Von der Porten

Belmont, California


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der Porten 1957 - 2008 Longtime San Carlos resident and ardent public school advocate, passed away December 2 in San Carlos. Eric was born in Castro Valley in 1957. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in political science in 1979, Eric met his wife Cathy while working on...

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Eric and I never met.

This morning, I read about Eric's actions in the book, "Blood on the Street".

This gave me a great deal of hope, and I set out to contact him. Instead, I found this Guest Book.

I am truly sorry - your loss is the country's loss.

We have just learned of this after talking with Michele and then you. After our lengthy discussion last night I am looking forward to our visit next week. You have been such a support in my family tragedies that I hope I can bring some comfort. Please know that Bill and I are most saddened by your family's loss, and Eric's unsuccessful battles over the past few years. What a bright light he has been in the 30 or so years I've known him since our lean and hopeful college days. ...


I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. All the best to you and yours.

Dear Cathy,
When I saw you the other evening at Chamber Night at school, I had not heard this news about Eric. I am so sorry - I would have given you a big hug!

Dear Cathy:

Very saddened by the news of Eric passing. I recruited him and we worked closely together for four years at Berkeley International in San Francisco. He stood out amongst our analysts as the most independent and original thinker, the most expressive and articulate writer, the most innovative analytical mind, and the most straightforward respondent when asked (in an environment dominated by caution).

I also visited with you at your home in San Carlos. You were...

To the entire Von der Porten Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
We met Eric's father and mother Edward and Saryl and brother Michael with family in Gainesville. Florida, at a joyous birthday celebration for Arnold von der Porten in 1998.

Marvin and Barbara Kranz

Dear Cathy and Family. We send our prayers and thoughts for all of you, today and in the time to come. Fondly, Lois and Tom Daane

Though I never had the opportunity to meet Eric, my heart and prayers are with Cathy and the children. I am Cathy's second cousin in Fort Dodge, IA.

Kathy, Peter, and Laura,

I remember the first time I met Eric - It was at a school board meeting, and being relatively new to the San Carlos School District and the board meetings, I asked a question about the use of bond funds. Because this topic was not on the agenda for that meeting, I received no answer to my question, but Eric approached me after the meeting to very kindly explain why. Every interaction I had with him subsequently was similar. He was kind, respectful,...