Harry Wilson Porter
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Harry Wilson Porter
  • March 18, 1939 - February 18, 2014
  • Virginia

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Harry W. Porter III, age 74, a retired Deputy Assistant of State for Foreign Missions, died unexpectedly on February 18, 2014 of complications related to a fall at his home. Mr. Porter also served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 25 years until his retirement in 1990.
Beloved husband of 35 years of Rebecca S. Franklin-Porter, he is also survived by sisters Lee Porter of Midlothian, Virginia, and Kay LoMedico of Arlington, Virginia, brothers Bayard Porter of Sarasota, Florida and Kent Porter of Norfolk, Virginia, mother-in-law Josephine Franklin and sister-in-law Julie Franklin of Colorado, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and countless associates, friends and neighbors.
Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Porter was a resident of Alexandria, Virginia at the time of his death. He attended public elementary and secondary schools in Arlington, where he graduated in 1957 from Washington-Lee High School. He was a 1959 graduate of Potomac State College, Keyser, West Virginia, and a 1961 BA graduate of West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia. He also attended West Virginia University School of law. Mr. Porter served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964 at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where he graduated from the U.S. Army Armor School. He subsequently commanded a Basic Infantry Training Company, and was later assigned as Executive Officer of Headquarters Company, 5th Battalion, 33rd Armored Division.
Following his military service, Mr. Porter joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1965. He served in the Detroit, New York City, Chicago, and Houston Divisions, as well as several Unit Chief positions at FBI Headquarters. He was an Honors Graduate of the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California.
In 1990, Mr. Porter was appointed a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and served as Deputy Director of the Office of Foreign Missions. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State on several occasions.
Mr. Porter was the recipient of numerous service awards while with the FBI, a Superior Honor Award from the Department of State, and an Outstanding Performance Award from the Senior Executive Service, of which he was a member.
Harry was a kind and caring person, an avid reader, and loved spending time at his cabin in Pennsylvania, golfing, travelling the world, and archaeological work at Gunston Hall, Virginia.
Memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, or a local animal shelter. Memorial arrangements by Arlington Funeral Home on March 10, 2014 at 2:00. Online condolences may be made at www.dignitymemorial.com/arlington-funeral-home/. Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.