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Irene E. Porter, former head of Home Builders Association, dies

Updated Friday, June 29, 2012 | 5:51 p.m.

Irene E. Porter

Irene E. Porter

Irene E. Porter, former executive director of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, died Thursday. She was 68.

A pioneer, she headed the Home Builders Association for 35 years in an industry dominated mostly by men.

She also led the way for other women as she was the first female planning director in North Las Vegas, served with American Nevada Company during the early days of what is now Green Valley and became the first female lobbyist in the Nevada Legislature. The American Nevada Company is owned by the Greenspun family, publishers of the Sun and lasvegassun.com

Porter was known throughout Nevada as a tireless leader, a champion of first-time homebuyers, an advocate of equal rights and a mentor to women in her industry.

Honored and recognized for her attention to detail and sense of fair play, she had a sweeping impact on legislative policy in the state. She broke both gender and cultural barriers.

Porter was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dick. She is survived by her brother, Charles Gulland, of Roseville, Calif., and her daughter, Sherry Porter Rosch and husband, Tom, of Las Vegas.

A celebration of Porter’s life and legacy will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. A special remembrance viewing will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that the celebration and viewing are July 9 and 10. | (June 29, 2012)

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