William Porter, Rho Lambda - Oklahoma '64

Brother Porter, 72, passed away on June 10, 2013. His death was reported to us by his friend and fellow Deke Brother Erskine Kelly, Rho Lambda '61. Bill was much loved and will be sorely missed. He was an Eagle Scout, attended Oklahoma City University and Law School at University of Oklahoma, where he joined DKE. He served on active duty with the U.S. Army (National Guard) and then returned to practice law in Oklahoma City in 1967, in general practice. He was admitted to practice law for the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Western District of Oklahoma, as well as the United States Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was known as an honest and generous lawyer, who might be running a little late to get to court but who would hurry in just in time to save the day. He was very civic minded and was an active member of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers since 1969, as well as the American Trial Lawyers Association since 1996. He taught evening legal classes at Oklahoma City University for several years, and he was also a Mason of the 32nd Degree, an Aide to the Potentate of the Shriners, and President of the Lions Club 1977-1978. Bill and his wife Mary were married for 39 years, and together they raised two children. Despite major physical health challenges in the last several years, Bill continued to practice law, and won his last case in court in January 2013. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary McCollum Porter; two children and two grandchildren. Bill will be missed as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, colleague and friend.