Russell Porter, ASCE Region 1 Governor; Dies at Age 62

August 6, 2014

PorterRussell Porter, P.E., LEED AP, M.ASCE, ASCE’s Region 1 governor, and the Rochester Section’s State and Regional Affairs Committee chair, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on July 31, at the age of 62. Professionally as a civil engineer, Porter worked for various consulting engineering firms, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and Wegmans in various capacities – from construction inspector to senior project manager and senior project engineer. He was involved with myriad projects, including land development, highway design, utility design, planning, municipal improvement projects, geotechnical engineering, traffic engineering, environmental site assessments / impact statements, wetlands, water supply, wastewater, storm drainage, erosion and sedimentation control, flood plains, and mitigation. Born April 20, 1952, Porter earned his AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree from Monroe Community College in 1973 and his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the State University at New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1975. Following graduation, he was employed as a construction inspector with Charles Sells, Inc., where he inspected street improvements and sewer installments. From there Porter went on to work for 8 years as a project engineer/manager for Passero Associates, where the projects he worked on consisted of housing, commercial (stores), parks, and industrial developments. Among the municipal projects were streets, highways, stormwater, and sanitary sewer projects, mainly in the town of Irondequoit, New York. In 1984 Porter was employed as a civil engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, working on containing and clean-up related to oil spills. A year later, Wegmans Food Markets hired him as project manager to work on the design, permitting, and construction of the site improvements for new food markets, which included warehousing and offices throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Prior to his untimely death, Porter was pursuing the development of his own consulting firm specializing in grant applications, land development, and municipal improvement projects. Active within ASCE, Porter served as president of ASCE’s Rochester Section and on its Career Guidance Committee. He also served as past chair, secretary, and delegate to the New York State Council and as a delegate and secretary to the Region 1 Assembly and Board of Governors. Besides ASCE, Porter was also a member of the Institute of Traffic Engineers and served on its Awards Committee. Heavily involved in humanitarian endeavors throughout his life, Porter assisted in the recovery efforts associated with major natural disasters such as Hurricanes Charley, Katrina, and Wilma, and reviewed and reported on the recovery efforts associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.

  • Avatar William J. Cunningham

    I’m shocked….did not know Russ was so sick. My sincere condolences to Russ’s family.

    Russ was a fixture at the Region 1 Assemblies, and we always had a good laugh at Tony’s expense.

    I will miss Russ’s funny stories and his intelligent input on things.

    Rest in peace Russ.

  • It was an honor to know and work with Russ!

  • Russ was a great man who was heavily involved in Region 1. ASCE lost a great leader who dedicated his time to the profession and who always lent a hand.

  • Thank you for your very respectful article. Russ meant a lot to the civil engineering community here in Rochester.

  • Awesome guy. He will be missed

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