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technical and business executive

Robert Joseph Potter, technical and business executive. Recipient International Business Machines Corporation Outstanding Technology Contribution award, 1964, Distinguished Achievement award Society Manufacturing Engineers, 1981; Kroner scholar Lafayette College, 1954; Distinguished Rochester scholar University Rochester, 1995.


Potter, Robert Joseph was born on October 29, 1932 in New York City.


Bachelor of Science cum laude, Lafayette College, 1954. Master of Arts in Physics, University Rochester, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy in Optics, University Rochester, 1960.


Consultant ANPA Research Institute, Atomic Energy Commission Brookhaven National Laboratory, Radio Corporation of America Laboratories, United States Naval Research Laboratories, 1952-1960. Manager optical physics and optical pattern recognition International Business Machines Corporation Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, 1960-1965. Associate director Applied Research Laboratory, Xerox Corporation, Rochester, 1965-1967.

Vice president advanced engineering Xerox Corporation, 1967-1968, vice president development and engineering, 1968-1969, vice president, general manager Special Products and Systems division Stamford, Connecticut, Pasadena, California, 1969-1971, vice president information technical group Rochester, 1971-1973, Dallas, 1973-1975, president Office Systems division, 1975-1978. Senior vice president, chief technical officer International Harvester Company, Chicago, 1978-1982. Group vice president integrated office system Nortel Networks, Richardson, Texas, 1984—1987.

President, Chief Executive Officer Datapoint Corporation, San Antonio, 1987—1990, R.J. Potter Company, Dallas, since 1990. Board governors, vice chairman IIT Research Institute, 1999—2002. Chairman Tatum Chief Information Officer Partners, LLP, 2000—2002.

Advisory director American National Bank, 2002—2005. Member research advisory board University Texas, Dallas, 2003—2007. Board directors Zebra Technologies, Cree, Inc., Molex Inc., since 1981, Bradshaw Group, Speed Football Club.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Life trustee Illinois Institute of Technology. Fellow Optical Society of America, American Physical Society. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.


S Mack and Ida (Bernstein) P. Married; children: Diane Gail, Suzanne Lee, David Craig.

Diane Gail Potter

David Craig Potter

Suzanne Lee Potter