MERIDEN - Thomas F. Potter Sr., passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. He was the husband of Marjorie Antonio Potter.
He acquired his bachelor's degree in art education at Southern CT State College in 1952, the year he began teaching art in the Meriden public schools. He went on to earn two additional master's degrees from Yale and Central CT State University, one in school administration and the other in art. In 1959, he was appointed supervisor of art for the Meriden Public Schools and served in that capacity until he retired in 1987. In 1982, he received the Probus Award for Educator of the Year. In addition, during that time he taught a graduate course for over 10 years at Central CT State University in problems of art education. He also wrote a weekly Art Topics column in the Record-Journal for over 15 years. He was the first president of the Art Administrators of Connecticut and was a member of the Connecticut Association of Art and Music Administrators which evolved from it. Locally, he was an active member of the Meriden Daffodil Week Committee and was on the Pride in Meriden Committee. He was chairperson of the Arts Committee for the Meriden Hall of Fame Association and was a member of the Meriden Symphony Board. Also, he and Marjorie were avid and active supporters of MidState Medical Center and are members of the Infinity Circle. At St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church he was elected to be a four-year member of the church council, served for four years as chairperson of the worship committee, was a lector, lay minister of the Eucharist, and member of the church renovation committee. He was a member and past president of the Home Club, served as secretary of the executive committee, and was also president of the Home Club Young Men-Old Men Bowling Team. He and Marjorie are members of the Farms Country Club and the Graduate Club in New Haven and Past President of Y's Men of Meriden. Tom was a veteran of World War II, earned the rank of captain, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and received the purple heart. Tom and Marjorie enjoyed travelling, and traveled extensively throughout Europe. However, especially enjoyable were their trips to Maine to visit their son and daughter-in-law.
Besides his wife, Marjorie, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law. Rev. Thomas F. Potter Jr. and Elin Potter of Jefferson, Maine; several nieces and nephews; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial with military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call prior to the Mass on Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MidState Medical Center, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT 06451, St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden 06450, or Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.
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Published by Record-Journal on Oct. 14, 2007.