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Richard Lyle Potter ’50

Richard Lyle Potter ’50, November 12, 2014, in Northridge, California. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dick attended Regina College, the University of Saskatchewan, and Reed, where he received a BA in biology. He went on to earn an MS in zoology from Washington State College (University) and a PhD in biology from the University of Rochester, and was a research associate at Cal Tech in 1958–61. He joined the faculty in biology at San Fernando Valley State College (California State University, Northridge; CSUN) in 1961 and taught courses in physiology at CSUN until retirement in 1992. He also helped create a highly effective preprofessional advising office at the university, dedicated to supporting student applicants to medical, dental, and other health-related programs. In retirement, Dick served as president of the Association of Retired Faculty at CSUN and volunteered with the Methodist church as a teacher and choir member. Dick and Glenda Eberley were married for 50 years and had one daughter, Jayna. They traveled abroad, including to Europe and China. In retirement, Dick delved into family genealogy and enjoyed watercolor painting. Colleagues at CSUN remember him as a remarkable individual, possessed of a fine intellect and good humor. Survivors include his wife and daughter, two grandsons, and one great-grandson.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2015

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