March 28th, 2017 | Alumni | Comments Off
Porter B. Byrum (JD ’42), an attorney, businessman, philanthropist and Wake Forest alumnus from Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away on March 27, 2017. He was 96.
No person has been a more generous benefactor to Wake Forest than Byrum, whose lifetime giving has totaled more than $50 million. In 2011, he donated to Wake Forest $40 million, the largest gift in the institution’s history, with the sale of the Park Road Shopping Center in Charlotte. His generosity spanned the course of decades, and because of him, hundreds of students were afforded the same opportunity for a quality Wake Forest education that he had.
“Wake Forest has lost a loyal friend in Porter Byrum,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “His generosity demonstrates his belief that perseverance can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, that education equals opportunity, and that helping others is the key to a meaningful and well-lived life. Julie and I have also lost a dear friend, who we came to know and love over a number of years. We will miss him greatly and will cherish the memories of our wonderful times together.”