Melvin L. Potts | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 28 | p. 37 | Obituaries
Issue Date: July 11, 2016

Melvin L. Potts

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS, obituaries
Melvin Potts
Credit: Courtesy of the Potts family
Photo of Melvin Potts.
Melvin Potts
Credit: Courtesy of the Potts family

Melvin L. Potts, 94, died on March 30 in Frontenac, Kan.

“Mel was born on July 19, 1921, in Lewellen, Neb., the son of Henry and Haley (Braden) Potts. They moved to Green River, Wyo., in 1924, and Mel graduated from high school in 1939. He entered the Marine Corps in 1941, served in the South Pacific, and was discharged as a master technical sergeant. He was a tenured faculty member at Pittsburg State University from 1963 to 1986 and at retirement was designated as chairperson and professor emeritus of the chemistry department. He was very proud of 60 years of membership and service in ACS. He was an outstanding teacher and administrator and made a positive impact on many students.”—Thomas Potts, son

Most recent title: chair of the chemistry department, Pittsburg State University

Education: B.Sc., chemistry, 1954, M.Sc., chemistry, 1957, Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University); Ph.D., chemistry, Colorado State University, 1963

Survivors: wife, Doris Potts, and sons, James and Thomas


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