H. Phelps Potter Jr., 71, a retired gastroenterologist and internist, and former chairman of the medical department at Paoli Memorial Hospital, died of prostate cancer Thursday at his home in Haverford.
Dr. Potter, a native of Wilmington, graduated from Swarthmore College in 1946 and from Jefferson Medical College in 1949. He began his career at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1961, he was named chief of gastroenterology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and practiced there until 1969, when he moved to Paoli Memorial Hospital and served as chief of the gastrointestinal section, chairman of the Department of Medicine and president of the medical staff. He was named to the Distinguished Medical Staff there in 1992.