David Porter was a professor in both the Classics and Music departments for 25 years, being designated the William H. Laird Professor of Liberal Arts from 1974 to 1987. After the departure of president Edwards in 1986, he was selected to be interim president of the college while a search for a permanent replacement was conducted. He served as interim president for the 1986-1987 school year, leaving that summer to take up the position of president of Skidmore College. Stephen Lewis was selected as his replacement.
President Porter was born in New York City. He attended both Swarthmore College and the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, and received his B.A. from Swarthmore in 1958. His Ph.D. was in classics and earned at Princeton University in 1962. He studied piano with Edward Stuermann and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt.
President Porter's first wife, Laudie, passed away during the fall of 1986. She had been a flute teacher in the Music department. The sundial in front of Laird Hall was dedicated to her memory by President Lewis during the summer of 1991.
President Porter became president of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, upon his departure from Carleton. He returned to Carleton on 10 September, 1997 to deliver the opening convocation. He left the presidency of Skidmore the following year. As of 2010, he is the William C. Payne Visiting Professor of Liberal Arts Emeritus in the Classics Department of Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
- News release regarding 1997 Convocation
- Brief biography from Carleton.edu
- Bio from Skidmore College
- Bio from Williams College
- Mention of the Laudie Porter sundial from the Cobwebs conference on Caucus (requires NetID)
- Office of the President - Official site
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