An obituary on one of the 23 people killed in the commuter...


April 11, 1991

An obituary on one of the 23 people killed in the commuter plane that crashed April 5 with former Texas Sen. John G. Tower aboard omitted the name of one of three victims from Maryland. Dee Banning of Rockville also died in the accident near Brunswick, Ga.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Jackie S. Potts, computer expert, died in air crash

A memorial service for Jackie Sterns Potts, a retired computer specialist for the Social Security Administration and the second Maryland woman to be identified as among the 23 people killed in the crash of a commuter plane near Brunswick, Ga., will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home in Silver Spring.

In addition to Mrs. Potts, who was 69 and lived on Harpers Farm Road in Columbia, the dead in that accident Friday included her friend and companion on a vacation trip, June T. Amlie of Bethesda, who was a contract manager for the Navy Department.


Former Sen. John G. Tower and astronaut Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter also were killed in the crash.

Mrs. Potts had owned and operated a computer graphics business, World Wide Interface Designers, and taught at the Howard County Community College since her retirement from the Social Security Administration headquarters in 1982.

She had worked for Social Security since the mid 1970s after working as a mathematician at Navy research and scientific installations in the Washington area since 1947.

A frequent lecturer on computer graphics, she wrote more than 100 professional papers and several textbooks.

She won several awards for her work for the government and was a contributing editor of Government Data Systems magazine.

A former executive vice president of the Office Automation Society International, she was a former secretary of the Data Processing and Management Association and a founder of the Computer Graphics Pioneers and the Special Interest Group on Graphics.

She was born Jackie Sterns in Atlanta. She earned a bachelor's degree at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., and a master's degree in physics at Emory University in Atlanta.

A former president of the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of the Emory University Alumni Association, she was also a former member of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations.

Mrs. Potts is survived by a son, James Hutchison Potts III of Mount Airy; a daughter, Diane Potts Roberts of Landover; and five grandchildren.

Dr. Gilson C. Engel

Retired surgeon

A memorial service for Dr. Gilson Colby Engel, a retired Philadelphia surgeon who was a native of Baltimore, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

Dr. Engel, who was 92 and lived in Philadelphia, died Saturday of heart disease at the Lankenau Hospital, where he served as chief of surgery from 1942 until 1964.

Author of 40 professional papers, he also was an inventor of surgical devices, a former member of the board of Blue Cross in Philadelphia and a former chairman of the board of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

He also taught at the graduate school of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and at Thomas Jefferson University before his retirement from the active practice of general surgery, which he began about 1930.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College, served as president of the class of 1922 at the Johns Hopkins University and was a 1926 graduate of Harvard Medical School.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.

His wife, the former Doris Gherky, died in 1983.

He is survived by a brother, Dr. William H. Engel Jr. of Towson, and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial gifts could be made to a fund at the Lankenau Hospital.

D. L. Woodworth Jr.

Retired engineer

Services for David Lott "Woody" Woodworth Jr., a retired engineer who enjoyed singing in choirs, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Woodworth, 64, died of cancer Tuesday at his Reisterstown home.

He retired as a manufacturing engineer with Westinghouse in 1986 after a career of 33 years.

Born in Moorefield, W.Va., he graduated from Potomac College in Keyser, W.Va., and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He sang in the choirs of Reisterstown United Methodist Church, of which he was a member, and the Concert Choir of Reisterstown, a community singing group.

He had been involved with the Boy Scouts for many years and had been scoutmaster of Troop No. 315. He belonged to the Francis Scott Key Antique Car Club in Frederick.

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