Dr. James Winston “Win” Porter, age 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on September 29, 2020, at his home in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
A native of Baytown, Texas, Dr. Porter received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also played shortstop for the Longhorns. He earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 where he met Linda, his future wife of 56 years.
Upon graduation, the couple traveled to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where Dr. Porter served as head of the Chemistry Department at the College of Petroleum and Minerals. In 1974, the Porters returned to Saudi Arabia where Dr. Porter was Bechtel’s Program Manager for the Jubail Master Plan. This plan laid the groundwork for the 20-year $30B Saudi Jubail Industrial Complex.
In 1979, Dr. Porter opened his consulting firm of Porter & Associates in Leesburg, Virginia, and in 1995, President Reagan appointed Dr. Porter Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the EPA. He was National Program Manager for the Superfund and RCRA programs. Dr. Porter established a national 25 percent recycling goal for the country’s municipal solid wastes, which was reached in 1995. Under his direction, the program met permitting guidelines for over 500 waste management sites and established some 3,000 local emergency planning programs.
Upon leaving EPA, Dr. Porter returned to his private consulting practice which included publishing opinion pieces and speaking on energy and the environment around the country.
Win loved his family and doted on his grandchildren. Everyone enjoyed the Porters’ farm in Virginia, which started with cattle and transitioned to a wholesale tree nursery. His interest in World War II history led to a family project, “Seven Uncles Who Came Home from World War II,” which told the story of his uncles and was published in 2018.
Dr. Porter is survived by his wife, Linda; their two daughters, Annis (John) and Karen (Jim); four grandchildren, Reid, Neil, Dean, and Sydney; his brother, R. Wayne (Debra); and four nieces. Dr. Porter was preceded in death by his parents, T. Juanita and W. Travis Porter; and by his brother, W. Travis II (Dorothy).
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 16, at the Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, Georgia. A link is provided at www.billheadfuneralhome.com, click on tribute wall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Dr. J. Winston Porter to The Land Trust of Virginia at www.landtrustva.org, designate the Winston and Linda Porter Conservation fund.