Hugh J. Porter

During his nearly 55-year (1955~2010) career at the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City, NC, Hugh Judson Porter earned the reputation and title of “Mr. Seashell” in North Carolina (Griffin 1982; Brady 1992; Houser 1996). Born April 10, 1928 in Bowling Green, Ohio, Hugh graduated from the State Teachers College in Millersville, Pennsylvania in 1950. He taught briefly at Margaret Brent High School in Helen, Maryland, attended Penn State University briefly, and did a stint in the Army before returning to the University of Delaware where he received his M.Sc. degree in 1956. He was hired in 1955 as an assistant in mollusk research at IMS; became an Instructor in 1957 and Assistant Professor in 1963. Although Hugh officially retired from the faculty at IMS in 1996, he continued to come into his office in a part-time “emeritus” status for several years after that. He initiated the IMS collection of marine mollusks in 1956, and served as curator of that collection which grew to about 25,000 lots before its transfer (in two stages, 1996 and 2012) to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Books from Blair

Seashells of North Carolina (North Carolina Sea Grant College Program)