W. Travis Porter (1931-2007)
On November 6, 2007 the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation lost a good friend and advocate. We are saddened by the unexpected death of W. Travis Porter, one of the agency's founders, longtime board member and champion for North Carolina's babies.
In 1989, with North Carolina's infant mortality rate trailing the rest of the nation, Travis Porter's dedicated efforts culminated in the creation of a public-private partnership and the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. For the first five years, the Foundation coordinated the activities of the Governor's Commission to Reduce Infant Mortality with $5 million from Glaxo, Inc.
During his tenure on the Foundation's Board of Directors, and later as Director Emeritus, Travis Porter brought tremendous passion to the Foundation's mission to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of women and children across his home state of North Carolina. His unwavering support allowed us reach out to the state's most vulnerable citizens through education and training.
Travis' death is an enormous loss to the Foundation and the many other civic organizations and educational institutions that have benefited from his leadership over the years. He was a wonderful colleague and friend to those of us who had the privilege to work with him. We commit to honoring his legacy through our continued service to communities across the state.
Thomas J. Bacon
Chair, Board of Directors
Janice A. Freedman
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Last updated: April 2012