The Washington Center Mourns the Passing of Board Member Frederick L. Potter

The Washington Center Mourns the Passing of Board Member Frederick L. Potter

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February 06, 2012

Honoring the Life of Frederick Potter


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars today announced the passing of board member, Frederick L. Potter. A dedicated and influential board member as well as one of the world’s leading proponents of clean energy, Potter lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 54.


“Fred was the first alumnus to serve on The Washington Center’s board and over the years contributed in many ways to the Center’s success,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “We are honored to fulfill his wish of establishing a Fred Potter Scholarship Fund.”


Potter attended The Washington Center in 1979 as an intern with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He then went on to build one of the largest consulting agencies specializing in legislative and regulatory issues affecting clean energy. During his career, he was asked by the White House, Congress, EPA, Department of Energy (DOE) and energy companies across the globe to provide his expertise on alternative fuels. He served as Chairman of the United Nations Alternative Octane Working Group and was honored in 2010 by the EPA for his contributions to advancing clean fuels.

In addition to serving on The Washington Center’s board of directors for 15 years, he hosted and mentored Washington Center interns, helped incorporate environmental issues into The Washington Center curriculum and provided generous scholarship support.


"The Board of Directors joins me in recognizing Fred's many contributions over the years in advancing the work of The Washington Center. His passion for clean energy for everyone on the planet was only matched by his enthusiasm and commitment to student interns from across the globe interning at The Washington Center." said Board Chairman, Amb. Alan Blinken.


A memorial service will be held at noon, May 12, 2012, at the family’s property, 3501 Mill Creek Road, Haymarket, Virginia. Interment will be private. In lieu of gifts, the Potter family requests donations be sent to the Fred Potter Scholarship Fund at{Add direct link to online donation form.


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