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Harry G. 'Gordon' Porterfield, a Baltimore teacher, actor, playwright, poet and novelist, dies

Harry G. 'Gordon' Porterfield, a Baltimore teacher, actor, playwright, poet and novelist, dies

Harry G. “Gordon” Porterfield, a Baltimore public schools teacher, actor, playwright, poet and novelist, died May 17 from cancer at his Hamilton home. He was 82.

“Gordon was an incredibly bright man who was well-read and always interested in what you were doing and your point of view. He was a very giving person,” said Steve Yeager of Canton, an independent filmmaker and an adjunct professor in the theater department at Towson University. “And he could write anything.”

Harry Gordon Porterfield — he never used his first name — was the son of Harry G. Porterfield, a Bethlehem Steel Co. steelworker, and his wife, Katherine L. Porterfield, a secretary. He was born in Baltimore and...

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