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In Memory of Dr. George Porter

February 4th, 2011

The College of Science mourns the loss of a great Alumnus.

Dr. George A. Porter

Dr. George A. Porter graduated from Oregon State College (now University) in 1953.  After graduation, he attended Medical School at OHSU where he earned both an M.D. and an M.S.  Dr. Porter served as the first chief of the division of nephrology, hypertension and clinical pharmacology at OHSU.  For the 18 years after he was chairman of medicine.

As a nephrologist, Dr. Porter’s research interests included the use of urinary biomarkers to identify toxic injury to the kidneys, and the value of serum biomarkers in chronic renal failure patients.  Being revered as a great teacher and compassionate doctor, Dr. Porter focused his work in the OHSU clinics on the education of Nephrology fellows and residents.  He was recognized many times for his service and contributions to medicine worldwide such as being the recipient of the International Society of Nephrology’s E.G. Bywaters Award for life-long contributions to the field of Acute Renal Failure.

Dr. Porter expressed his commitment to Oregon State University by serving as a member of the College of Science Board of Visitors, served as chair of the OSU Alumni Physicians and Dentists Council and was elected as an OSU Foundation Trustee.  The George and Marthel Porter Premedical Scholarship was established to be presented annually to an outstanding premedical student in the College of Science.  The Oregon State Foundation and College of Science are thankful for Dr. Porter’s dedication to Oregon State and send condolences to the Porter family.

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