|Summary:||Paul Porter, Jr., son of Paul Porter, Sr., nephew of Katherine Anne Porter, left profile, Santa Monica, California, circa 1947. Paul Porter, Jr. (1921-2012), was Katherine Anne Porter’s nephew, the son of her brother Harrison Paul Porter, Sr. Born and raised in Houston, TX, he served in Europe during WWII, attended UCLA afterward, and briefly returned to Houston. Thereafter, he worked as executive assistant to the president of a shopping center development firm in New York City before retiring to Texas in 1986.
Porter first met her nephew Paul in 1937, and they began corresponding frequently in 1938. They continued to write one another regularly until her health interfered, and their correspondence demonstrates their devoted and mutually beneficial relationship. She encouraged his artistic aspirations and often shared her opinions about music, art, and literature with him. The letters also reveal that she relied upon and trusted him to help manage her affairs, and he served as her guardian after she was ruled incompetent in 1977.