NEW LIMERICK - Paul D. Porter, 81, passed away in his sleep January 15, 2015. He was born in Houlton on February 17, 1933, the son of Herman and Mary Ellen Robinson Porter.
Paul was valedictorian of the Class of 1951 at Houlton High School. He earned a degree in mathematics from Bowdoin College where he was a member of the R.O.T.C. program, graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Following graduation he served two years active duty as a Signal Corps Officer at the Tobyhanna Signal Depot in Pennsylvania.
Following that assignment Paul taught math for two years at Houlton High School, before securing a grant from the National Science Foundation for a summer session at Bowdoin and then a year long grant to complete his masters in education degree at Brown University. He then embarked on a distinguished 38 year-long career at Lawrenceville School; a private day and boarding school in New Jersey. He was chairman of the math department for 13 years, dean of studies and assistant dean of students. Paul received the Master Award for outstanding teaching.
One special interest for Paul was the Lawrenceville School Camp for under privileged children that is more than 100 years old. Paul was honored to have the athletic field named, "Porter's Field" for his longtime dedication and interest in children.
During his teaching career he participated in three sabbaticals, spending time in Europe, Hawaii and an adventure of a life-time, sailing with a former Lawrenceville colleague from Mobile, AL to Plymouth, England on a 35-foot sailboat.
Retiring full-time to Maine in 1998 he became involved with the Star Bright Children's Theatre, Nickerson Lake Preservation, United Methodist Church, Aroostook Historical Society, Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum ,the Houlton High School Alumni Association also he was a member of the Houlton Lodge of Elks and Monument Lodge #96 AF & AM. His passion for wood turning lead him to help organize the Northern Maine Woodturners in 2010. Paul spent many hours at his lathe in his cellar workshop; his favorite place to be.
In 2009 Paul received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Houlton Rotary Club, an award presented to a deserving community member who exemplifies the Rotary motto, "Service above self".
Paul is survived by his wife of 59 years, Glynn (Geyer) and two sons, John of Hodgdon and Steven (Bink) and his wife, Jill of Ludlow. Also, four grandchildren, Sarah, Ross, Jessica and Jason. He is also survived by his sister, Lois Simpson and two special nieces, Erin and Colleen of NJ.
Friends may call from 2 until 4 p.m. and 5 until 7 p.m. on Monday, January 19 at Bowers Funeral Home in Houlton. A memorial service will be held later in the spring, a time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested for the Nickerson Lake Conservation Fund, 12 Kelleran Street, Suite 2 Houlton, ME 04730 or the charity of one's choice.