|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1878|
|Death: ||Nov. 25, 1960|
Miss Potwine Dies; Taught at Willard
Miss Elizabeth Bartlett Potwine, 82, died Friday night in Portland, Maine, where she had lived since retiring from Emma Willard School in 1952. She had taught mathematics at the school 34 years, and was head of the department of mathematics and chairman of the curriculum committee, which initiated the present Emma Willard plan of education.
Born in East Winsdor, Conn., she graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and received the degree of M.A. from Columbia University in the faculty of pure science. Before coming to Emma Willard she was principal of the high school in South Windsor, Conn., assistant principal and teacher of mathematics at Enfield High School in Thompsonville, Conn.; teacher of mathematics at New Haven High School, New Haven, Conn., and mathematics instructor at Woman's College of North Carolina Univesity, Greensboro, N.C.
In October 1952, she received a citation from Mt. Holyoke College for "outstanding achievement and service which reflect honor upon Mt. Holyoke." The citation read in part, "Distinguished scholar and devoted teacher of mathematics, your unfailing integrity, your lively imagination, and loyalty of your students and colleagues, bringing them that rare gift, creative leadership."
Miss Potwine was the author of articles on the teaching of mathematics, local history and colonial silversmiths. She had completed a book, "Faithfully Yours, Eliza Kellas," just before she died. The book, a biography of Miss Kellas who was principal of Emma Willard from 1911 to 1942, came to Miss Potwine from the printers four days before her death.
Funeral services will be held today at 9 a.m. from St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland Interment will be tomorrow in Old Scantic Cemetery, East Windsor. Emma Willard School will be represented at the funeral service by Miss Anne Wellington, head mistress.
Elizabeth never married. She was the daughter of Arthur Edward Potwine and Adella S. (Bissell) Potwine.
Note: Printed in the Troy Record, Troy, New York, 28 Nov 1960.
Created by: Alice
Record added: Aug 05, 2011
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A bouquet of forget-me-nots to Elizabeth Bartlett Potwine, my fifth cousin 2x removed. You had an amazing life, Elizabeth. I found your book at Amazon.com on Eliza Kellas and am going to order it. With love and looking forward to meeting you in Heaven.|
Added: Aug. 5, 2011