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James Porter** - Class Of 1965 VIEW PROFILE

James Porter**

James Porter
1947 - 1998

Jim, 51 retired after 26 years as a State Department Foreign Service officer, died of a brain tumor at his home in McLean, Virginia.

Colonel Porter was born in West Point, New York, the son of an Air Force officer. He grew up in various countries across the globe, including Norway and Japan, where he attended Johnson High School, graduating in 1965. He then attended Tulane University and graduated receiving a master's degree in international relations. Jim went on to receive his doctorate in European history from Boston University. He also studied international law at The Hague.

Jim began his Foreign Service career in 1972, after serving three years in the Army. During his military service, he reached the rank of captain and served in the Vietnam War. His honors included the Bronze Star. He was a colonel in the Army Reserve. As a Foreign Service officer, he had assignments in Europe and
Asia.

He recently wrote a book about his medical and spiritual experience since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1995. "A Gift of Life" was published in 1997.

PORTER, JAMES JOHN ''Jim'' Col USA Reserves of McLean, Virginia, died on Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at his residence. Beloved husband of Aly B. Porter his wife of 24 years; devoted father of Scott and Dennis Porter; son of Ernest and Roze M. Porter; brother of Candice McCarthy and Jan Byers.

Funeral services were held at McLean Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA on Tuesday, July 7. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on Tuesday, July 28 Family and friends met at the Administration Building.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

A.B.T.A,
2720 River Rd.,
Des Plains, Illinois 60018
or
Hospice of Northern Virginia
6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 1000,
Falls Church, Virignia 22046.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Jim very much.





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