Alex Porter '60 Receives College's Hendrix Award
November 13, 2001
Davidson honored A. Alex Porter, Jr. '60 last weekend with its James P. Hendrix Award. Porter's success as a student athlete, and his career since graduation, were celebrated during a luncheon at the President's House on Saturday, November 10. The award was publicly presented a short time later between quarters of Davidson's football game with Austin Peay State University.
The Hendrix Award, named for a 1925 alumnus of the college, is presented annually to a Davidson football letterman who, by the use of lessons learned on the playing field, has gone on to achieve outstanding success in his chosen profession.
Porter attended Davidson on a football scholarship, and was also a star wrestler. He earned three letters in football and four letters in wrestling, and played both guard and end on the football team. Since graduating with a degree in English, he has enjoyed a successful career in business, and currently serves as a principal of the New York City investment advisory firm of Porter, Felleman Inc. He is also a general partner in several other ventures, and serves on the board of many non-profit organizations. Porter has been a trustee of Davidson College since 1992, and is a co-founder of the Davidson Scholars Program.
He has three nieces who have chosen to attend Davidson--Elizabeth Anne Boehmler '98, Jean Porter Boehmler '98, and Alexis Porter Boehmler '02.
The Hendrix Award is named for the late Dr. James Paisley Hendrix '25, a student body president who also starred on the football field. He was an all-state halfback on the 1924 team that finished 7-2-1, and was a member of the varsity track team. He became one of the nation's leading specialists in internal medicine, served as a college trustee for 13 years, and was an original member of the Davidson College Athletic Hall of Fame. His son, Jim Hendrix '63, was on hand last weekend to present the award to Porter.
Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.