By Kent Larsen
Returned Missionary Among 32 Rhodes Scholars
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS -- A Belmont, Massachusetts LDS Church
member and returned missionary is one of 32 Americans selected for
one of the World's most prestigious scholarships. Robert R. Porter,
24, a senior at Harvard University, will spend at least two years at
Oxford University in England studying politics and political theory.
But several aspects of the scholarship echo the accomplishments of
Porter and his family.
For Porter, one echo is that this represents a return trip to
England. He served an LDS mission there and apparently visited
Oxford, "I had the opportunity to visit Oxford and ever since I've
hoped and dreamed to return to study there," he told the Associated
Another echo is the scholarship itself. Porter's father, Roger B.
Porter, is also a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship. A BYU Alumnus,
Roger Porter was also a White House Fellow from 1974-75 and received
his MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
And Robert Porter's choice to study politics also echo's his father's
career. Roger Porter is the IBM Professor of Business and Government
at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and until last year was the
director of the school's Center for Business and Government. He also
has a long record of service in the Ford, Reagan, and Bush (Sr.)
White Houses, most recently as Assistant to the President for
Economic and Domestic Policy from 1989-93.
Like his father, Robert Porter is involved in the Republican party,
serving as president of the Harvard Republican Club and as an active
member of the George W. Bush campaign in Massachusetts and New
Hampshire. Like his father, Robert plans a career in public service.
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Roger Porter's Home Page at Harvard University