October 04, 1946 - June 13, 2016


Earl Harvey Potter III, President of St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, died Monday, June 13, 2016. He was 69 years old.

Friends, family and community are invited to a Campus and Community Gathering from 3-5 p.m. June 17 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at St. Cloud State. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. June 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Cloud.

Born October 4, 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island, to Earl H. Potter Jr., and Dorothy (Nelson) Potter, he spent his childhood in North Kingston, Rhode Island. Serving in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1969 to 1993, he retired at the rank of Captain.

He served on multiple Minnesota community boards, national boards and international associations. Throughout his life, he was dedicated to service, social consciousness and fostering community.

He was always generous, quick to give credit to those around him, and his many stories were often punctuated with humor. With deep connections to the St. Cloud community and throughout the world, his leadership, friendship, and caring nature will be deeply missed.

Earl is survived by his wife Christine; his daughter Margaret of Minneapolis; son Christopher, his wife Elizabeth (Nowlis) and their 3 daughters of Boston; son Earl, his wife Lily (Lee) and their son of Miami; and daughter Jamie of St Cloud. He is also survived by a brother Dean Potter and his wife Shelley (Nadell); and sister Deanne DeFusco and husband Guido. He is preceded in death by his parents Earl H Potter Jr. and Dorothy (Nelson) Potter, and his son K. Brandon Potter.