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Mourning the passing of honorary degree recipient Dr. Arthur L. Pottle

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Jul 19, 2019

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Please join me in offering condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of honorary degree recipient Dr. Arthur (Art) L. Pottle (DLitt ’16), who passed away on July 14, 2019, in Saint John. He was 98.

Born in Saint John, NB, Art left school in eighth grade to enlist in the Canadian army, where he eventually became a member of the Canada US First Special Service Force in 1943, serving in Italy and southern France. As a member of this elite force, also known as the Devil’s Brigade, Art was awarded the Minister’s Award for Operational Excellence by the Canadian Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs. He also received the US government Congressional Gold medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, the US Army’s Bronze Star medal and a Combat Infantry Badge for his years of service.

After the war, Art received his high school equivalency and then graduated from both McGill University (Bsc ’50) and the University of New Brunswick (Bed ’65 and Med ’70). Throughout his career, he taught at Simonds Regional High school and was ultimately the coordinator of guidance for School District 8 in Saint John.

Art received numerous awards and recognitions over his career, including the Saint John Human Development Council Merit Award and a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. He was a member of many boards and committees in his community, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Lancaster Golden Service Club, the NB Historical Society, the Royal United Service Institute, the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada and the Fortnightly Club, among others. He was also a basketball referee for many years, served on the board for the 1985 Canada Games and was a member of the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame.

Friends, family and colleagues remember Art for his positivity, courage, generosity and strength. Art was also a dedicated family man who loved to travel, garden and spend time at the cottage. He was a true hero who touched the lives of many.

A memorial service took place on July 19 in Saint John. Flags were lowered on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses on the day of the service. Condolences can be made online. Art will be missed by all who knew him and our thoughts are with his family. 



Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle

President and Vice-Chancellor

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