Dr. Thomas D. Potter 1929 ~ 2007 Dr. Thomas D. Potter, a man of science, letters, modesty, and generosity. His distinguished career in meteorology spanned more than 50 years, most of it in service to his country. He served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, seven with NOAA, seven with the United Nations, and ten years as the Western Regional Director of the National Weather Service. Lastly, Dr. Potter was a Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah, and from this post he was Weather Coordinator for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee and during the 2002 Olympics. "Tom was the nicest and most approachable 'big man' I ever knew," said Jim Steenburgh, chairman of the U.'s meteorology department. The family would like to thank the efforts of Rocky Mountain Hospice including Cheryl Chisholm, RN, Dr. Bretton Newman, and the University of Utah Hospital physicians, nurses, interns, and medical students for their attentive care. He is survived by wife Billie and six children: Mike, Ann, Tom Jr., Mark (Gwen), Andy (Robyn) and Matt; 12 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Jack, Jeff, Pat Styer and Nancy Cramer. An honor guard from Hill Air Force Base will be present for services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Fort Douglas Chapel in Salt Lake City. Donations will be accepted in lieu of flowers to the Nature Conservancy (nature.org) or the Special Op Warrior Foundation, specialops.org; which represent the breadth of his involvement and intellect.
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Published by The Salt Lake Tribune on Oct. 27, 2007.