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William Solomon Porte

Dr. William S. PorteWilliam S. Porte was born in February 4, 1891 in Sergeantsville, New Jersey[1] to John W. Porte and Clara Fowler Porte.

He graduated from Rutgers University, with high honors,[8] in 1915,[1] and was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. After a year of graduate study he taught science in the Somerville New Jersey High School.[8]

He then received an appointment to serve as Junior Pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Serving 40 years in this department he retired holding the position of Senior Pathologist.

On August 30, 1916, he married Meredith Engel Lyon in Washington, D.C. Together they had three children; William Lyon Porte (1918), Esther Meredith Porte (1920) and Frances Roberta Porte (1924).[2]

After retiring from the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Porte was active teaching science in the high schools of Montgomery County, Maryland and was a Fellow and Life member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also held membership in the American Pathological Society.

Dr. Porte and his wife were longtime members of the Washington, D.C., Brethren Church. When he passed away on December 15, 1976,[2] his memorial service was held at the church and officiated by pastor, Robert Keplinger.[7]



  1. "Catalogue of Officers and Alumni of Rutgers College: 1766 to 1916," page 300


  3. "The Pritchard Tomato - Circular 243," William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1932

  4. "The Glovel Tomato - Circular 388," William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1936

  5. "The Pan America Tomato: A New Red Variety Highly Resistant to Fusarium Wilt," William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1941

  6. "Development of Interspecific Tomato Hybrids of Horticultural Value and Highly Resistant to Fusarium Wilt," William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1941

  7. "The Brethren Evangelist," Vol. 99, No. 1-12, page 20, 1977

  8. "The Brethren Evangelist," Vol. 96, No. 3, page 20, January 26, 1974


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