Arthur Thomas Porter

26-Jan-1924 - 26-Mar-2019

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Arthur Thomas Porter


The Porter family is sad to announce the death of Professor Doctor Arthur Thomas Porter on March 26 at 95 years of age.   He is survived by his daughter Emma Adina Porter as well as daughter-in -law Pamela
Mattock, granddaughters Gemma, Fiona, Adina and Charlotte and great grandchildren Adelaide and Arthur. He is predeceased by his wife Rigmor Sondergaard Rasmussen and sons Guy, who died as an infant, and Arthur.
Arthur Porter was born on January 26, 1924 in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Guy Hardesty Porter and Adina Agnes Porter. Guy Porter trained as an engineer and assisted his father manage the family businesses. Adina Porter was a school teacher at the Freetown Secondary School for Girls.
His paternal grandfather, Arthur Thomas Porter I, was a successful Creole entrepreneur of West Indian and Jamaican Maroon parentage. The father of A. T. Porter I, Guy Porter, who came to Sierra Leone from the Jamaica
via England, was the founder and manager of Kent Village.

Arthur received his early education in Freetown at the Ani Walsh Memorial School, Freetown Secondary School and the Grammar School.  After completing his secondary schooling he graduated from Fourah Bay University College and later Selwyn CambridgeUniversity where he read history.He had an illustrious career as an educationalist and academic which covered many countries and continents. The monuments of his legacy surround us and his contributions endure. That career began as Professor and later Vice
Principal of Fourah Bay College. 
He was then appointed as the first principal of the University of Nairobi in Kenya.  After serving in Kenya for over a decade, at the request of the Sierra Leone government, he returned to Sierra Leone where he was appointed Vice Chancellor and later pro chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone.  As the head of these
institutions he faced challenges with courage and determination.

Arthur’s work on Sierra Leonean history is considered to be among the most scholarly work done on the people of Sierra Leone. His analysis of the stratification of Creole society is considered the most authoritative
work on the development of Creole society, and most scholars reference his book when researching the Creole people.

During his career he made an indelible contribution to the institutions in which he served and inspired those around him with his qualities of generosity, integrity and leadership. Those whom he met were charmed by his wit, intelligence and sense ofhumor.  He received honorary doctorates from Boston University as well as the University of Malta. In addition he wasawarded honours from Ethiopia and Yugoslavia.
 He was appointed memberthe board of UNESCO in Paris and served as its chair.  In addition he was a member of the board ofthe Sierra Leone Diamond Mining Company as well as other organizations.  As was his father and grandfather he was a mason and rose though all the levels of the craft.  
He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his family, many friends and all those in whose lives he made a difference.


A viewing will be held at the Kelly funeral home, 3000
Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4G3 on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2 pm
till 4 pm.

This will be followed by a memorial celebration in Ottawa, Canada,
and a funeral at the Trinity Church and internment at the Race course cemetery in
Freetown, Sierra Leone, on dates to be announced.






Arthur Thomas Porter

Keep the faith

Posted by Janet Adina Palmer | 31-Mar-2019

The chain is now complete for our grandmother who is reunited with her 3 children in paradise. Uncle Arthur my mum's younger brother also had another important role for me at my baptism. He was a godfather and so stood more elevated in my life of numerous uncles. Thank you for your guidance, love, family history, hilarity and keeping the faith. May your soul rest in perfect peace and rise in glory.

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Posted by EYAMIDE LEWIS-COKER | 31-Mar-2019

In memory of Emma Porter's father, Prof. Dr. Arthur Porter. Do not think of him as gone away. His journey just begun; for life holds many passages. This earth is only one. May the memory of your father helps to comfort you in your sorrow and may his soul rest in peace.

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