Dr. Thomas D. Potter
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.
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To the Potter family,

Being one of your sons closest friends I was able to spend the better part of my college years up at the house on many occasions having Sunday dinner. It was as if I was your “other son” and I can’t thank you enough for all the love and wonderful memories over the years. I remember on one special occasion Tom loaded Matt and I up and off we went to the baseball game together it was just great Tom was so happy. There were so many little things about Tom that I admired, but the thing that really stands out is the way he made me feel like I was part of your family.

My deepest condolences to all of you and all those that had the pleasure of being around Tom.
Chad Maxwell
November 2, 2007
My deepest condolences to the family.
I remember uncle Tom (when he and his family were visiting the Seattle area and we were gathered for one of our summer "Potter picnics") as a softspoken, gentle man.
I remember with great fondness the time we went salmon fishing at Westport, Washington with he, uncle Jack, grandpa Potter, my Dad, and us Cramer boys. As I recall, I think we did quite well that day. Although we were one of the last boats out of the harbor that day, we ended up one of the first to be back to port with our limits.
Thanks for the memories!
Eric Cramer
October 28, 2007
Tom was my client for many years. He had become a staple in my life, someone I could count on. I always enjoyed our visits, he was very kind to me. I will miss him dearly.
Claudette Felice
October 26, 2007
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