George Garrison Potts died after a brief illness on February 1, 2014 at the age of 93. Retired attorney, decorated WWII fighter pilot, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he lived a rich and selfless life and was cherished by all who knew him.
He was born in Austin on January 25, 1921. He moved to Dallas in 1927 when his father was appointed Dean of the Southern Methodist University Law School. As a boy, he swam and fished in Turtle Creek. After graduation from Highland Park High School he attended The University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. He transferred to SMU to complete his undergraduate degree followed by his law degree at the SMU Law School.
His education was interrupted by the second world war. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp and flew bombing missions in Gen. Patton's North African campaign. In Italy he was hit by antiaircraft flak and forced to land on Anzio Beach. In France he was wounded in heavy combat and crash landed again. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, four air medals and two Purple Hearts.
Upon returning stateside, he married the love of his life, Catherine "Cappie" Fairman from Goldthwaite Texas, also an SMU grad. After several years living on Air Force bases, they returned to Dallas and began raising a family while George started his career in corporate and civil law. He became a senior partner in the firm of Golden, Potts, Boeckman, and Wilson. He was general counsel for United Artists Theaters and argued at various times before the Supreme Courts of both Texas and the United States.
George and Cappie were members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church where he also served as chancellor for the diocese. They had many close friendships from SMU and St. Lukes as well as the Northwood Club where George struggled with golf. They were passionate bird-watchers throughout Texas, and they traveled to many remote regions of the world exploring nature.
He supported the Communities Foundation of Texas, Variety Club, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, SMU Law School, Nature Conservancy and Audobon Society among other causes.
George Potts is survived by his loving wife Cappie, son Garry and his wife Marnene of Dallas, daughter Cat and her husband Marc Hunt of Asheville NC, grandchildren Colin, Jake, Suzanne and Taylor, and great grandson Hudson. His sister-in-law Sarah McGrath was a devoted friend and helper to the very end.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Christian Church, 4711 Westside Drive, Dallas 75209 followed by a reception at the Potts family home nearby. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory can be made to any of the charities mentioned above.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Feb. 6 to Feb. 9, 2014