William ”Bill” W. Porter, JR.

05/13/1909 — 06/25/2001

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Nashville, TN

William ”Bill” W. Porter, JR.

William Webster Bill Porter, Jr., 92, of Richland, WA passed away on June 25, 2001 at his home. He was born May 13, 1909, the son of William Webster Porter, Sr. and Malvina Beadle Porter, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill attended the Nashville elementary schools, Hume Fogg High School, and graduated from the Vanderbilt University Engineering School, cum laude, in 1932. He was a member of the honorary Engineering Society, Tau Delta.

Bill worked for the DuPont Company at the Old Hickory Rayon & Cellophane plant in Old Hickory, TN, the DuPont powder plants in Memphis, TN, Charles Town, IN, and Childersburg, AL. He was then called to Wilmington, DE for training prior to becoming associated with the Atomic Energy Program in Chicago, IL serving before and following the first nuclear sustained reaction. He moved to the Oak Ridge Project prior to being transferred to the Hanford Site in July 1944. At Hanford, he worked in most all of the Areas, in the 200 West and East Areas helping design the 234-5 buildings and associated instrumentation. He then worked with an instrumentation design group in the 300 Area. He ended his career in the 100 Areas. Bill retired in May 1974, but continued to work for six additional months as a consultant.

Bill married Margaret Whitman who died in December 1943. Later he married Eleanor Tappe Tapp in September 1945 in Richland, WA. They had one child, William Webster Porter III.

Bill accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior while a young lad at the Glen Leven Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He has been a member of Central United Methodist Church in Richland for many years. Bill was a loving husband, father and son as well as a helpful friend and neighbor. In his previous years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved the outdoors.

Bill leaves his beloved wife, Tappe, to mourn his passing, his son, William III and wife Tammy, and his adored Grandchildren, Angela Marie and William IV, all of Richland, WA. He also leaves Nephews, Ned Johnson and wife Donna of Bird City, KS, Joseph Tapp and wife Ann in NJ, and Nieces, Laurie Harte in IL, Frances Ellen Scheurman and husband Paul in Putnam Valley, NY and their children and grandchildren. His parents and an older sister, Anna Webster, who died in childhood, preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, June 29th at Central United Methodist Church in Richland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Central United Methodist Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA 99352, Contact Tele-ministries or Hospice.

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  • I am sorry to read of Mr. Porter’s death. While I do not remember your family…I share in your loss.

    My father was Ivan ‘B’ Behymer. He graduated from Hume-Fogg in 1928, worked at the Dupont black powder plant in Memphis and came to Richland in March of 1943. I am sure they knew each other for many years.

    Gary Behymer

    Colfax, Washington

    Gary Behymer
    November 4, 2014
    Colfax, WA, US
  • John Worrell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US