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GENE B. POTTER

Potter, Gene B.



February 15, 1937- June 14, 2013

Gene Potter, a distinguished engineer who influenced the field of integrated circuit technology, died on Friday, June 14, 2013, at the age of 76 at his home in Tustin, California.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gene, also known as "Barrie" by his childhood friends and family, graduated from UCLA with honors with both a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering.

Gene was a gifted engineer. While a graduate student at UCLA, he supported Dr. Roscoe Webb in the development of one of the first wireless heart pacemakers and Dr. Marcel Verzeano in brain research. In November 1964, he was hired by Scientific Data Systems in Los Angeles which was later acquired by Xerox. His contributions to the development of the first semiconductor RAM chip are featured and archived at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. His US patent for the design of a transistor with integral pinch resistor has been featured on display at the Smithsonian Institute. It illustrated revolutionary technology and new possibilities with the invention of integrated circuits. In 1972, he founded a successful semiconductor company, Silicon Systems, Inc., in Tustin, California, which he eventually took public. He was a past member of the board of directors for the American Electronics Association and the board of the Semiconductor Industries Association.

Gene is survived by his brother, Tom Potter of Reno, NV; sisters, Erla Goller of Sacramento, CA, Peggy Herron of Seattle, WA, Patricia Potter of Ashland, OR and Dorea Dawson of Ashland, OR; his ex-wife of 18 years, Betty Jean Lepore of Coronado, CA; their two daughters Sherri M. Christy of Carlsbad, CA and Jeanne R. Lowthorp of Camarillo, CA; plus four grandsons, Alex and Jack Christy, and Sam and Reyn Lowthorp.

A visionary intellectual, Gene displayed a life-long love of learning. He enjoyed deep conversations and humorous anecdotes. An especially kind-hearted father, he loved his family deeply and treasured the time he was able to spend with his grandsons. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 25, 2013, at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club, 12442 Tustin Ranch Rd., Tustin, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Hospice Care of California, 377 East Chapman Ave. #280, Placentia, CA 92870.


Published in Orange County Register on June 22, 2013
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