|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1927|
East Carroll Parish
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 2001|
San Diego County
Walter "Wally Porter was born in Lake Providence, Louisana to Harrison and Helen Bunn Porter. His father was a farmer.
Wally did not attend public school until he was almost six years old. He and his mother "ran away" from the farm for a better life. They moved to McGee Arkansas and then on to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Finally they moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Years later, his mom married Huber Coleman; who was drafted into the Cavalry "Buffalo Soldiers" and sent to California. Wally was a better than average student and an excellent athlete in softball, football, table tennis and swimming.
The next step on the journey was San Diego where he completed Memorial Junior High School. At Memorial he excelled in basketball and softball. At this junction, Wally moved back to St. Louis to complete High School at Vashon High, and left his mom in San Diego. After finishing high school, he moved back to California and joined his mother in Los Angeles. There he enrolled at Los Angeles City College.
The Korean war erupted and Wally was drafted into the army and sent to Fort Ord. Wally did a number of things in the service: served as a drill instructor, played on the basketball team on the base, and served in the Medics and the Finance Corps. He liked to say he "protected" Fort Ord from the Koreans. "No Korean ever invaded California during his tenure." One of his claims to fame is that Clint Eastwood served his basic training in Wally's company in the military. Later they met at LA City College where Clint studied drama.
Wally had a variety of jobs after the service and during college; custodian, probation officer, job developer, vocational rehabilitation counselor, owner and operator of a janitorial service, MC in night clubs with sam Cooke, Redd Foxx, Little Richard and many other jazz greats such as Ella and Hampton. Wally also owned a kangaroo at one time.
Wally maried a young lady named Betty, a New Yorker who graduated from NYU in journalism. She worked in clerical positions, in social work and finally in teaching as an elementary school teacher. She earned a MA in Multicultural Education. They moved to San Diegoe Where Wally became the assistant director of a program at SDSU. He earned an MA and PHd in Social Sciences. He became an employee of the San Diego Community College and was the Dean of Student Services at the Educational Cultural Complex; Director of the Skills Center, and Dean of Mid City Continuing Education Center.
Wally has served on a number of boards and worked with several community organizations such as the American Cancer Society, United Way, The Salvation Army, Southeast San Diego Rotary Club, President of NAACP San Diego Chapter, and many others. Wally loved good food, travel, jazz, theater, pop music, folk music, operan and musical theater.
Because of Wally's outstanding civic contributions and community Service, and high standing in the Educational Community, he was recognized and memoralized with the name on two San Diego, CA elementary schools.
Harrison Porter (1884 - 1950)
Helen Bunn Thompson (1903 - 1989)
Betty Mae Peters Porter (1926 - 2004)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
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Record added: Apr 18, 2008
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