Alumni Necrology

Don Michael von Liebermann ’60

Don Michael von Liebermann ’60, a former business owner, was born on November 5, 1937, in New Orleans, LA. The son of William von Liebermann, a salesman, and the former Dolores Powers, he grew up in Connecticut and prepared for college at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. Don von Liebermann matriculated at Hamilton in 1956 and remained on the Hill for a year. Thereafter he enlisted in the U.S Army and served with the Signal Corps, including assignment to the White House during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.

Following his discharge from the Army in 1961, Don von Liebermann worked briefly as a journalist for the Town Crier in his hometown of Westport, CT, before entering the marketing field. In 1969, he joined CutCo Industries as its marketing director. He purchased the company in 1987 and served as its chief operating officer until its sale and his retirement in 1999.

A resident of Weston, CT, for many years, Don von Liebermann was long associated with the Weston Little League, first as coach and later as commissioner. An enthusiastic sportsman, he was also a longtime member and former president of the Weston Gun Club.

Don M. von Liebermann died on April 2, 2010, at his Connecticut home. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Mary Gardiner; a son, Jeffery von Liebermann; a daughter, Mary Kate Mitchell; and three grandchildren.

Christopher George Potter ’66

Christopher George Potter ’66, a longtime psychology teacher and counselor at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania, was born on September 2, 1944, in New York City. The son of George N., an insurance supervisor, and Margaret Schmid Potter, he grew up in Flushing, Queens, and was graduated from Garden School in Jackson Heights, where he lettered in soccer, basketball, and softball. He entered Hamilton in 1962 and became a member of Psi Upsilon. He majored in psychology and left the Hill with his A.B. degree in 1966.

Chris Potter pursued further studies in psychology at the City University of New York’s Queens College and Columbia University, where he earned an M.A. degree in psychological counseling in 1972. He also served as an admission counselor at the City University and was for three years a teacher in the South Bronx. He subsequently moved to Harrisburg, PA, and joined the faculty of the area’s community college. There he divided his responsibilities between teaching psychology and serving as a counselor for its social science division. Recognized with awards for his outstanding teaching, he also served for 10 years as an ombudsman for HACC. Known for his broad smile and caring manner, he was not only an excellent teacher but also a highly committed mentor and “a great inspiration to those he helped guide through life.” He retired in 1999, when incapacitated by a stroke. An active athlete until his illness, he had been a dedicated swimmer, jogger, and cyclist for many years.

Christopher C. Potter died at a nursing home in Harrisburg on April 4, 2010. He is survived by his wife, the former Adrienne M. Bass, whom he had married in 1970.

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