Porter Byrum


Porter B. Byrum (JD ’42), an attorney, businessman and philanthropist from Charlotte, N.C., passed away on March 27, 2017. He was 96. Byrum was a generous alumnus of Wake Forest University. Most notably, he gave $40 million to the University in June 2011, the largest gift in the institution’s history.

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Memorial service: 2 p.m., Friday, March 31, at Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte. More information »

“To him, the work was about a much broader purpose — making a difference and helping others, living the spirit of Pro Humanitate (For Humanity) that he learned as a student at Wake Forest.” Nathan O. Hatch, President