Jackie Potts

Obituaries

Hcc Instructor

April 14, 1991

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today for Jackie Sterns Potts of Columbia, a Howard Community College instructor who ran a computer graphics company.

Potts was the last person identified among the 23 people killed in the April 4 crash of a commuter plane near Brunswick, Ga.

The services will be at the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home in Silver Spring.

Potts was traveling with a friend, June T. Amlie of Bethesda, looking at retirement homes in Georgia, said her son, James Hutchison Potts III of Mount Airy.

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

Potts, 69, served as a part-time faculty member at Howard Community College, teaching computer-aided design courses. She pioneered the program for using computers in interior design, fine arts, theater,musical scores and graphics.

Potts owned and operated from her Harpers Farm Road home a computer graphics business, World Wide Interface Designers. She was also a frequent lecturer on computer graphics and wrote more than 100 professional papers and several textbooks.

"Computers were whole life," said her 38-year-old son, who took his first computer course last fall in her class. "She took me into her world, and I got hooked. I was very proud of her."

Potts also servedon HCC's first CAD Curriculum Advisory Committee and on its Faculty Development Committee.

"Jackie Potts was highly creative and energetic," said Daniel Friedman, HCC associate dean for the business/math/science/technology division.

"She helped make (CAD) one of the most successful programs on campus. She was an expert in her field but also could communicate well with students, a rare combination of qualities that made her an outstanding teacher. She will be sadly missed by students and all of us here at HCC."

A retired computer specialist, Potts had worked for the Social Security Administration in the mid-1970s. In 1947 she began work as a mathematician at U.S. Navy research and scientific installations in the Washington area.

She was a former secretary of the Data Processing and Management Association and founder of the Computer Graphics Pioneers and the Special Interest Group on Graphics.

Potts, who was born in Atlanta, Ga., earned abachelor's degree at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., and a master's degree in physics at Emory University.

Potts is also survivedby a daughter, Diane Potts Roberts of Landover, and five grandchildren.

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