Jim Potter (8 Sep 1922 - 30 Aug 2014)

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In loving memory of the late Jim Potter who sadly passed away on 30th August 2014

1922 Born in Huddersfield on September 8 1922 to Annie Potter, who was a wool weaver. Most of the Potter family had recently sailed to Canada to try to improve their affairs, but Annie was unable to join her husband.

1933 Scholarship to Huddersfield Grammar School

??? Met Joyce playing tennis

1939 Scholarship to Manchester University (a year early)

1941 Joined the RAF, going to Canada for training, then to Banff, Scotland, where he navigated Mosquitos alongside a Norwegian squadron.

1945 Returned to Manchester University, to finish degree in History

1946 Studied for Masters in Economic History, supported by Joyce

1947 Married Joyce, then both went to Sweden. Jim undertook research and translation: Joyce au paired for Stig and Britta Erickson, who became life long friends.

1948 Appointed Assistant University Lecturer at the LSE in American Economic History. They lived in Sydenham.

1952 Spent a year teaching at Yale University, where he met Bill Parker, a life long friend.

1953 Returned to London, in a Wimpole Street flat, when Stephanie was born.

1954 Moved to Walton-on-Thames.

1958/9 Spent a year teaching at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , with the family
Travelled down to the Florida Everglades, and up to Boston.

1960 Caroline was born

1964 6 month trip with family to Bloomington, Indiana, followed by a drive across to San Francisco, and up to Vancouver where he taught summer school.

1968 4 month trip to Lawrence, Kansas, with a side trip to New Orleans, with the family

1977 Washington Summer School, visited by family

John Belshaw wrote

Just caught up with this piece of sad news. Mr. Potter supervised my doctoral dissertation in the 1980s. He was always a gentleman in his critiques, unafraid to point out errors and always so with kindness. I liked him and I wish -- regardless of being on the other side of the world since 1988 -- I had been a better and more grateful friend over the long haul.

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Rosemary Greenlaw donated in memory of Jim

Thinking of you Stephanie

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