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A Fitting Tribute in Newcomb Hall

from The Bridge: Spring/Summer 2011 issue

Harry Porter '54, professor of history at W&L from 1970 to 2008, inspired a love of history in many of his fellow graduates. One business major, in particular, greatly appreciated his passion for teaching and the small classes that provided a diversion from his study of accounting and economics.

When Porter retired, the alumnus, a current trustee, made a gift to the Colonnade renovation project to pay tribute to this special professor. Now a seminar room (right) that bears Porter's name is in the renovated Newcomb Hall, where Porter worked. "The room is configured with a rectangular table conducive to smaller classes and open debate, reminiscent of what I believe contributed most to my overall W&L academic experience," says the anonymous donor, who also majored in European history.

"Dr. Porter's topics were rich and diverse and taught passionately. I would strongly suggest that business majors
broaden their perspective outside of the Williams School and that non-business majors broaden theirs by taking classes in business, economics and politics."