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F. Edward Potter Jr. '65

Deceased July 20, 1988

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In Memory

It is with profound sadness that I write with the news of the death of F. Edward Potter Jr., son of Amherst, member of the Class of 1965. Ed was stricken with a heart attack on July 20 while working with his son in the yard of his vacation home in Vinalhaven, Maine. Despite a rapid response by neighbors and the local medical authorities, efforts to revive him failed.

At Amherst, Ed was well known as president of the Chi Phi fraternity and a member of the Amherst College Double Quartet. He was an ardent booster of both organizations and will be remembered for his great humor and his love of music. After Amherst and a graduate degree in history from the Univ. of Connecticut, Ed pursued a career as a teacher and administrator in private secondary school education at the Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass.; the Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I.; and since 1977, as the headmaster of the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

Ed was a wonderful person whose intelligence coupled with his inherent love of people made him a natural headmaster. At services held on July 23 at Peddie, approximately 1,200 people attended, including hundreds of Peddie students and graduates who returned to the campus from their summer vacations to honor him. He is survived by his wife Hillary, his daughter Tappen, his son Reid, and the legions of students, parents of students, colleagues and friends whose lives his life enriched. He is deeply missed.

Robert P. Carson ‘66

 

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