Phillip DePorter, Calvert Hall counselor, dies

Phillip DePorter, a Christian Brother who was a Calvert Hall College High School faculty member and moderator of its parents club, died Sunday of esophageal cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 69 and lived at Calvert Hall.

Born in Aurora, Ill., and raised in Washington, D.C., he attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service before entering the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1959. He recently celebrated his golden anniversary as a member of the Roman Catholic religious community.

"He was a man of boundless energy," said the school's president, Brother Thomas Zoppo. "He was also a man of great faith who embraced God's call to serve others, enthusiastically. He had a charismatic personality."

Brother Phillip earned a bachelor's degree in French from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and had master's degrees from Temple University and LaSalle.

He had taught religion and Spanish and held administrative positions at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City, N.J., Bishop Walsh High School in Cumberland, where he was principal, and St. John's College High School in Washington.

About a decade ago, he moved to Baltimore and resided in Towson at Calvert Hall. He initially taught Spanish and religion at the old Cardinal Gibbons High School in Southwest Baltimore. He then became chairman of the guidance department at Calvert Hall, a position he held at his death.

"He was the kind of person who could speak to anybody, hence he was a very effective guidance counselor," said Brother Thomas. "He was good at personal and academic guidance counseling and would become an instant friend."

Brother Phillip was also interested in Archbishop Borders School in Highlandtown in Southeast Baltimore. He took Calvert Hall students to the school to tutor the elementary school's students.

He also worked in the summer at the Christian Brothers' San Miguel Schools for inner-city children in Camden, N.J., and Washington.

Colleagues said he was a fixture at Calvert Hall's athletic events and dances. He was also popular with parents at the school.

"He liked people, and people liked him," said Brother Thomas.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 200 Ware Ave. in Towson.

Survivors include three brothers, the Rev. Arnold DePorter and Richard DePorter, both of Silver Spring, and Michael DePorter of Oakton, Va.; three sisters, Eileen Rohlfing of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Mary LaMontagne and Helen DePorter, both of Olney; and nieces and nephews.

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