Arthur Tyler Port ’37

Arthur Tyler Port ’37, a Defense Department official who served NATO as the assistant secretary general for defense support from 1967 until shortly before retiring in 1974, died January 3, 2006. While assigned to NATO, he was chairman of several committees, including one that appropriated funds for airfields, communications and pipelines. He was also involved with the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors to standardize the weapons systems procured by the member nations for NATO’s defense. After retiring, he did consulting work on NATO affairs for the Stanford Research Institute and Logistics Management Institute. He was a 1940 graduate of Yale University Law School. He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II and later, as a civilian, was a special consultant to Army Secretary Frank Pace Jr. He also was a consultant on psychological warfare and special operations, which played a role in the creation of the Army’s Special Forces at Fort Bragg, N.C. Among his later assignments was director of the office of security policy at the Defense Department and deputy assistant secretary of the Army for installations and logistics. His honors included two Defense Department distinguished civilian service awards. Surviving are his wife of fifty-five years, Aline Gooding Port, 20540 Falcons Landing Cir., Apt 4408, Sterling, Va. 20165; two children, Cynthia Hosmer of Napa, Calif., and Christopher Port of Manassas; a brother, Richard B. Port ’47 of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and three grandchildren.