Wednesday, February 16, 2011

George A. Porter, M.D., 1931-2011

We recently received sad news that George Alvin Porter, M.D. passed away on February 2. An obituary was published in the Oregonian on February 16. Dr. Porter was chair of OHSU's Department of Medicine for 18 years, beginning in 1977. As a nephrologist, Dr. Porter conducted research on urinary biomarkers and the detection of renal injury, educated nephrology fellows and residents; and served as the first chief of the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension, and Clinical Pharmacology. He was also an alumnus, earning both an M.D. and an M.S. from University of Oregon Medical School in 1957.

Historical Collections & Archives worked with Dr. Porter to preserve his collection of photographs and memorabilia of campus life - selected materials are available through the OHSU Digital Resources Library. We have also collected photographs and biographical information on Dr. Porter, including the photograph above, from around1977. These collections can be consulted by appointment, or during our Thursday afternoon walk-in hours. An oral history interview conducted in 1998 can be checked out from the OHSU Library. HC&A will continue to collect obituaries, memorials, and other memories of Dr. Porter's life and work.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dr. Porter was an obtuse intimidator using his power to either adulate or demise his underlings. He thought that he was special and had to tell his medical students and residents as such, mostly by intimidation and ridicule. I am happy that the old guard has extinguished its torch, and maybe we can as a medical society move toward a more cohesive nurturing experience in medical education. I, as one of his residents, learned to be NOT be like him, and have become the compassionate and accepting educator that he was not.