Belmont University remembered long-time benefactor Virginia Frances Potter July 30 with the renaming of a residence hall in her honor.
Potter was active in Belmont campus life from 1951 forward and a lead donor to the University for many years. She believed that “Christian education is an answer to our world’s problems” and shared gifts for new or refurbished buildings, scholarships, mission programs and faculty support. A longtime Nashvillian and 1932 graduate of Tennessee College for Women, Potter had faith in the vitality and potential of Belmont students. Her quiet nature, brilliant mind and gentle humor will be remembered through the co-ed residence hall, formerly known as Maple Hall. Potter Hall is a suite-style building housing 190 freshmen. It opened in the fall of 2008 as part of the North Lawn community.
“Frances Potter believed in Belmont University and the value of a Christian education. From the founding of Belmont College in 1951 until her death Nov. 9, 2011, she supported the work of four University presidents, was a member of the Belmont Auxiliary, helped raise money for Belmont scholarships through the Tennessee College for Women Alumnae and quietly gave her own personal leadership gifts. She is missed and will long be remembered,” said Vice President of University Advancement Bethel E. Thomas.
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