Arnold Potler

Arnold Potler

April 5, 1934 - December 29, 2020
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    Thursday, December 31st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, December 31st, 2020 12:00pm
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Arnold Potler, of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the age of 86. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy Potler (nee Greenfeld); children, Mark (Amy) Potler, Aaron Potler, and Lisa (Stuart) Rosenberg; siblings, Buddy (Marsha) Potler and Beverly Barnhard; grandchildren, Sara (Robert) LaHayne, Cassandra (Boris) Korik, Lauren Rosenberg, and Eric Rosenberg; great-grandchildren, Sadelle and Simone LaHayne; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was predeceased by his cherished brother, Howard Potler; and parents, Morris Potler and Selma Potler Barman. Throughout Arnold's life he had a positive impact on so many.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 12:00 pm. Interment is private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, Friends of the Smithsonian, Contributing Membership, Contribution Receipt Center, PO Box 98096, Washington, DC 20090-8096 or via
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Heather, Jeff and Max Sternlicht

Posted at 10:37am
Our deepest sympathy to Dorothy and Arnold's family. We will miss seeing Arnold on his lawn caring for his pretty flower garden, always greeting us with his kind smile and friendly conversation on our neighborhood walks. He will certainly be missed by the entire community.

Randy Levin Letzler

Posted at 07:08pm
Please accept my apologies, I seem to have written Potter instead of Potler.
Arnie was a warm, funny, one of a kind individual who truly cared about his students. I was lucky to have known him.

Randy Levin Letzler

Posted at 07:02pm
To the Potter Family,
I just heard the news about Mr. Potter and I am heartbroken. I can say in all honesty that he was my very favorite High School Teacher. He not only taught, but went that extra step to make sure his lessons were interesting and fun. The world needs more teachers like Mr. Potter...I know I will never forget him! Please accept my sincere condolences and my prayers are with you.
Randy Ellen Levin
Class of 69

Bob and Estelle Harris

Posted at 12:34pm
Dear Potler Family,
Arnold was a teacher in the best sense if the word. He taught us kindness, humility, involvement, caring, and humor all by example. He brought out the best in those he formally and informally taught. He was a wonderful friend and community leader. We miss you Arnold and always will.

Sherrie Glasser

Posted at 01:30am
There are certain people you encounter, who are so uniquely caring and thoughtful, that they become indelibly etched in your heart. Arnold Potler was one of those individuals. As space is limited, it is my hope that referencing the following incident will convey his nature and why I feel such an overwhelming sense of loss.
I first met Mr. Potler at age 10 when he was my hebrew school teacher. We retained a friendship and in 1972 he was the night school principal of my 8-11 p.m. driver’s ed class. One evening, he inquired about my “sad face” as I entered the building. I told him I was miserable because “West Side Story” was airing on tv that night and would not be shown again for another year (pre-VCR days). He expressed sympathy, but agreed that I had no choice but to attend class. At 8:55, an announcement came over the P.R. requesting that I be sent to the office. As I entered, there was Mr. Potler, with a large stack of papers. He asked if I would mind placing them in alphabetical order, and with a mischievous smile, pointed to a nearby tv, adding that I was free to watch whatever I wanted. The recollection of the immense joy that flooded through that 15 year old young girl, remains in the heart of that same person, who is about to turn 65.
After high school, I did not see Mr. Potler again for 20 years, until noticing him one evening, leaving a restaurant with his family. I ran over, and gave him the biggest hug, exclaiming, “You let me watch ‘West Side Story!!’” He had no clue of what I was talking about, but smiled and said he was glad he did something that made me so happy. And it is no wonder that he did not remember, because the act of kindness, which meant so much to me, was simply his norm.
Thereafter, I was fortunate enough to keep in contact with him, during which he remained the gentle, kind soul, I first met as a child. There is no doubt, however, that when I think of him in years to come, my first thought will be to smile at the memory of the good hearted man who cared enough to come up with a creative way to let me watch “West Side Story.”
My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family for their extraordinary loss. How blessed you were to have had him in your lives.

Susie Cooper Stone

Posted at 12:31pm
So sorry to hear of Arnie's passing. He was an awesome teacher, friend as well as a very caring husband and father. I remember the times I used to babysit for the children. I'm so glad I got to see him and Dorothy at our 50th High School Reunion last October of 2019. He will be truly missed by so many. May his memory be a blessing and sending my sincerest and heartfelt condolences.

Dave Abramovitz

Posted at 09:04am
My deepest condolences to the Potler family. I was fortunate to have Mr. Potler as a chemistry teacher at Milford and also an USY advisor at Beth El. He was such a kind man who had a huge influence on me. He will be remembered fondly by many.

Stephanie Schneiderman

Posted at 04:31pm
Besides being one of the best teachers EVER, Mr. Potler had a huge influence on me personally. He taught me to have the confidence to speak out and to not be afraid to do new things out of my comfort zone. He also was a big part of why I became a teacher. My deepest condolences to his family.

Marcie Koteen

Posted at 09:46pm
Dear Aaron, Lisa and family - there are no words to adequately express how sorry I am about the loss of your dad. Your dad was loved and respected by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May you be comforted knowing that 'apples don’t ever fall far from the tree'; that your dad’s wisdom, sense of humor, and thoughtful advice will continue to live on within all of you – L’dor V’dor

Pam Dahne Arnold

Posted at 05:07pm
Mr. Potler was the first teacher I met at MMHS. He was was one of my favorite teachers. So privileged to have been taught by him. He was a great man!

Michael Greenberg

Posted at 11:29am
I join my PHS classmates (Class of '69) in expressing sadness at Mr. Potler's passing and celebrate his memory. He made an impact on so many of us. More than a teacher, counselor, booster and friend, Arnold Potler was a real mensch. Thank you, Dorothy, for sharing him with us. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Susan Miller ( PHS Class of 70)

Posted at 05:21am
What a great teacher. May your family find comfort in your loving memories.

Dr. Samuel Smith

Posted at 05:51pm
Dear Potler family,
I hope that you find comfort and strength in your memories and the outpouring of love and support from family and friends! Arnold taught me Biochemistry at Milford , class of 73, and made a tremendous impact.
With deepest sympathy!

Barbara and Howard Schiff

Posted at 03:12pm
To Dorothy and family. Our deepest sympathies on Arnold's passing.He was a good man.

Elyse Weitzman

Posted at 01:23pm
I will forever have fond memories of sweet Mr. Potler - he was so dedicated and enthusiastic about teaching his students in AP Biology, and was kind enough to welcome us into his home. Even after graduating from high school I enjoyed reuniting with him and sharing our life stories over a cup of tea. Sending my love to his family!

Nancy Tankelson

Posted at 12:45pm
To the Potler family,
I was very saddened to hear that Mr. Potler had passed away. He was the best kind of educator and human being. Many have mentioned his warm and caring, and the twinkle in his eyes. I think these memories of him will stay with all of us from the graduating class of 1969. In truth he will be remembered as a dad, uncle, or older brother. In other words, as part of our family.
He remained a bulwark as we grew up in the '60's and probably kept many of us from sliding off the boat in those days.

Janet Michael Abramowitz

Posted at 12:25pm
I didn't have Mr. Potler as a teacher at Milford Mill High School however he was a very comforting presence. One of the Jewish teachers who really understood conflicts like Shabbos and Tom Tov. When I moved "across the railroad tracks" to the Park Heights area I had the pleasure of bumping into him in the grocery store, or even a program at Beth Tfiloh. He always had time for a quick hello. May you be comforted by your special memories.

Will Knipscher

Posted at 12:22pm
My deepest condolences to the Potler family. I am going to miss Arnie terribly.

Mr. Potler was one of the first people I met as I transitioned to Pikesville High School in 2017, and immediately I could tell that we were going to get along well as he offered to volunteer to help out the senior engineering students. I have two memories to tell you about.

First, he was amazing with the kids birthdays. He asked me on day 1 for all of their birthdays and he would always bring in little cupcakes and oranges and stuff for EVERY birthday and we would sing and it was such a happy memory for everyone, thanks to Arnie.

Second, he taught me the story behind the dreidel game and what it meant in historical context. Amazing stuff and an excellent lesson from an excellent human being.

There is so much more to say, but I will leave it at this. Mr. Potler was a mentor for me, I will miss him dearly, and this is a huge loss for the Pikesville community.

stuart tabb

Posted at 12:20pm
I met him as a hebrew school student - Rogers Ave about 1960. 25 years or more later our paths crosssed as "educators". Always felt like he was such a kind, gentle soul - a mensch. Felt that way when I met him at 8-11 yoa ... felt that way 50 years later. There's a special place (beyond) for the few like him!

David August

Posted at 12:15pm
As I now walked the neighborhood, I will miss seeing Arnold's smiling face. He will be missed by many and has left long lasting impressions on many, including myself. He was a wonderful human being, a lovely family man, a fantastic educator, and a great leader in the community.
Our sympathy goes out to Dorothy and family.
David & Julie August

Tedd Wilson

Posted at 12:11pm
My condolences to Arnie's family. It was a pleasure and a honor to work with him all these years at Pikesville HS. He taught me so much about what it meant to be dedicated to a cause and to follow through on that commitment.

Greg & Claudia Hrinda

Posted at 12:02pm
Arnie Potler was always advocating to go above and beyond for others. He provided guidance and resources for students in the Physics courses at Pikesville High, while sharing a lifelong enthusiasm for science. Wishing him blessed repose and eternal memory.

Rhonda and Larry Alexander

Posted at 12:01pm
To the Potler family,
When we moved into our home, Arnold was the first to welcome us with a huge smile. Through the years, Arnold always reminded us of community events and would encourage us to attend. He and my husband enjoyed sharing memories of their years working in education. We will truly miss our caring and kind neighbor.

Lt. Michael DiCara, Pikesville Precinct, BCoPD

Posted at 11:52am
Arnold will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues on the Pikesville PCR Council. Arnold has been a strong supporter of our officers, our community, and our local schools for many years. His wisdom, sense of humor, and thoughtful advise will be missed by all of us on the PCRC and at the Pikesville Precinct. To Dorothy, words cannot adequately express our sorrow at your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and will always be here for you should the need arise.

David Freiman

Posted at 11:48am
Arnie was a true gem. The Smith-Freiman clan will miss him dearly and will cherish memories of a warm, wonderful man.

Leslie (Rachlin)) Melrose

Posted at 10:56am
I was devastated to hear of Mr. Potler's passing. His warm smile and soft kind voice always made me feel special. He will be missed.

Daryl Gamerman

Posted at 10:56am
Aaron, I've known you since junior high.. I heard about your dad sending out my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Joy Gloss

Posted at 10:40am
My dear friend Aaron. Fred and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are always here for you. May he Rest In Peace. All our love.

Phyllis Heiffer

Posted at 10:22am
To the Potler family,
Arnold Potler was truly a treasure, a real gem. He touched so many lives. Mrs. Potler, thank you so much for letting me know that Mr. Potler thought of us all as his children and how thrilled you both were to attend our 50th reunion last year. Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. He was a man that took a moment to meet and a lifetime to forget. May his memory be for a blessing. Sending love.

Marsha Sindler

Posted at 07:24am
Dorothy I am very sorry to hear of Arnold's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gary Okum

Posted at 12:23am
No one who had Mr. Potler as a teacher, whether in science class or in Hebrew school, will ever forget his gift for explaining the difficult-to-understand or his great enthusiasm for teaching. Teaching is one of the most honorable of professions and Arnold was among its most skilled practitioners. My heartfelt condolences to Dorothy, Mark, Aaron and Lisa.

Jamie Caplis

Posted at 12:15am
Our community lost a real mensch. Arnold was central to the Pikesville Senior High Class of 69 experience. He loved his students and always spoke with a twinkle in his eye and a warm smile. Compassionate and wise, Arnold was our rock during our high school years.
We will miss him. May you be blessed by the many memories of a truly special husband, father, grandfather and teacher to countless students who are forever grateful for having known him.

Bob Schaftel

Posted at 10:41pm
Rest in peace

Carol and Robert Keehn

Posted at 10:26pm
Dear Dorothy and family,
We’re so sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Thinking of you at this difficult time

Leslie B. Papel,Au.D.

Posted at 08:43pm
May his memory be a blessing. I am so sad to hear of Mr. Potler’s passing. Mr. Porker was a kind nice man whom I have loved knowing and working with over these past years. I will miss him.

Debby Schwaber

Posted at 08:20pm
Dear Family of Mr Potler,
How very lucky we all were in the
Class of ‘69, to have Mr. Potler as our advisor. He was a constant
in all of our lives, of kindness and caring, that will forever remain in our hearts.
In deepest sympathy.

Ruth Ross

Posted at 08:04pm
Arnold always had a spark for living. Whenever we met, we’d catch up on the family and feel like there had been no time between meetings. I go back to Forest Hill Road days when we were all kids, and Nate and Howard were best buddies. Arnold, was the older and wiser brother. He had an impact on the lives of many over the years. May his memory be for a blessing.
Ruth (Cohen) and Jerry Ross


Posted at 07:18pm
Arnold was a true Mensh!! A role model and a sincere leader of developing children. His impact on my family is so significant. From Milford Mill High School to Pikesville High School to Chizuk Amuno we will forever remember Arnold’s soft, kind compassionate way that was endearing to so many. Dorothy please accept the Platt’s sincerest condolences as we go through this most difficult time.
All of our love to the family,
Jeffrey and Pammy Platt

Debra Koman

Posted at 07:11pm
So very sorry for your loss. Arnie always had a kind word, a twinkle in his eye and a smile when Bernie and I would see him at a Ner Tamid affair. He was a true “mensch”. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Roger Gookin

Posted at 07:11pm
Our family knew the Potler’s in our neighborhood before he was our PHS Class of 1969 advisor. We stayed in touch when we could and remembered countless good stories. Arnold & Dorothy will always be remembered for their nurturing nature and making people feel good. That’s the thread in all of these comments. It’s the best tribute.

Sue Blumberg Levi

Posted at 06:55pm
So sorry to hear about Arnold. He was a wonderful man. May he Rest in Peace

Beth Perry and Max Wolfthal

Posted at 06:46pm
We lost a real Gem, may his memory be a blessing.

Philip & Sherrie Blank

Posted at 05:46pm
Dear Aaron,
Sherrie and I send our sincerest condolences on the loss of you Dad. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time .
May his memory be for a blessing !
Sherrie and Philip Blank

Bernard Heyman

Posted at 05:01pm
Dorothy, so sorry to hear of Arnold's passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Michael Miller

Posted at 04:16pm
How wonderful to see the beautiful comments. It proves that my feelings about Mr. Potler were true. He was always a humane human who cared about all of his kids. We all felt like he would be there for us, and he was. His attendance at the 50 year reunion of the class of ‘69, as our class advisor, was its high point.

Melvin A. Steinberg

Posted at 04:10pm
Dear Potler Family,
Anita and I offer our condolence to you on the passing of Arnold. Over the many years that we have known Arnold at Ner Tamid, Beth El, and Wellbridge Gym ( prior to Covid) , he always greeted me with a bright smile and friendly conversation. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Anita and Mickey Steinberg

Jerry Dresner

Posted at 04:03pm
Condolences to the Potler family. I had the privilege to work with Arnie over the years at Pikesville High, particularly on the Distinguished Alumni program, for which he had great enthusiasm. He was always a calm voice of wisdom and had great powers of persuasion. I also know the deep impact he had on the many biology students with whom he interacted over the years. They appreciated his genuine concern for them and his passion for teaching. He'll be missed.
Jerry Dresner

Bruce Lockman

Posted at 03:53pm
So sad to hear this news. Mr. Potler, was a trusted teacher and advisor for me and many other members of the Class of '69. No small task for those of us who were adolescents and came of age in the 60's when we were not supposed to trust anyone over the age of 30. . His memory will be a blessing for all who knew him.

Buzz Hiken

Posted at 03:46pm
Dear Dorothy & The Potler Family, it was an honor to know him and to see his smiling face everyday in school. They don't make him like Arnold anymore. Our PHS class of 1969 will sorely miss Mr. Potler. Our condolences to you and your family for your loss, Buzz & Nancy Hiken

Anita Stockton

Posted at 03:44pm
Dear Dorothy,
I was so saddened to hear from Nancy Barrans last night that Arnie had passed away. He was very special to me. I think of him only with gratitude for everything that he did for me both professionally and personally. He was a kind, compassionate and loving man and a great leader of the science department at Perry Hall High School. Please know that I will be holding you and the rest of his wonderful family in my heart and prayers. Make the good Lord bless you all.

Janet Scherr Hebbel

Posted at 03:04pm
Dorothy and Family,
I am very sad to hear that Arnold passed away. I have fond memories of sitting in our backyards, laughing, and having fun. I am praying that your cherished memories keep you strong.

Irv Walker

Posted at 03:01pm
Dear Dorothy and Potler Family, Like so many others who were part of the Class of '69 at Pikesville High, I have happy memories of Mr. Potler for his smile and constant presence and willingness to provide advice and support to all who were wise enough to ask him for it. It was wonderful to see you and Arnold at our 50th reunion, like seeing a family member who we had not seen in too long. We were so lucky to have him in our life during our formative years. His memory surely will always be a blessing.

Tony Apicella

Posted at 02:06pm
Tony and Pat Apicella
Dorothy, we are so sorry to hear of Arnie's passing. He was a kind, compassionate, and generous chairperson who encouraged many innovative and advanced programs in the science department.
His leadership and dedication contributed to a positive learning experience for our students. We appreciated his wonderful sense of humor and especially our continued friendship throughout the years. Our condolences to you and your family for your loss.

Claudio Levin MD

Posted at 01:54pm
Dear Dorothy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of his many students at Pikesville and have very fond memories.
We reconnected many years later and it took me a while to not call him Mr. Potler. Every time I saw him he had a smile, and asked about my family and my well being. Although he is no longer with us physically, he remains in the hearts of multiple people he has touched. You are all very lucky to have had him in your lives all theses years. Stay well and continue to take care of each other.

Susan Kaplan Walder RDH

Posted at 01:31pm
To the family of Mr. Arnold Potler,
I had the pleasure to know Mr. Potler since I graduated Pikesville Senior High School in 1969.
It is with sincere sadness that I learned of his passing on Facebook last night .
He was my teacher, my neighbor growing up in the Greenspring/ Smith Ave neighborhood,
and also a friend that I use to see at LifeBridgeHealth when I took water aerobics everyday,
and other exercise classes for seniors. I even passed him in the grocery store from time
to time. Growing up in a Community where teachers are dedicated to their students
well being and education is very rare today. Mr Potler was a special educator
and friend to all his students and always asked ,how are you doing ?
He will be missed by so many who had the pleasure to know him.

Marcia Glickman (Levine)

Posted at 01:22pm
Dorothy and family,
I was so shocked to learn of your great loss. You and Arnold are a match that stories were written about. Two of the genuinely kind people of the world. Dorothy, we go back to FPHS and of course, TBS.
Precious memories will be a blessing for you all.

Joan/ Ron Boris

Posted at 01:01pm
Dorothy & Family
Our deepest condolences to all of you.
We will always remember Arnold as a wonderful, caring person with a loving heart.
Joan & Ron

Randy Safier

Posted at 12:52pm
To the Potler family
Arnold was a prince of a guy, who meant so much to the students at PHS. In 4 years there I never saw him without a smile on his face.
He wanted to be everyone’s big brother rather than their teacher. He will surely be missed.

Fran Raskin Leitman

Posted at 12:31pm
I remember Mr. Potler from the neighborhood and from ner tamid. I remember he always had a smile on his face!

Rabbi Shelly Barnathan

Posted at 12:26pm
Mr. Potler was my 4th grade Hebrew School teacher at Greenspring Valley Synagogue. Mr. Potler gave me and my friends the foundation to know that girls mattered in Judaism. Mr. Potler's broad-minded thinking and calm, wise manner let us girls know that we could shine within Judaism. Mr Potler will be so missed by everyone who knew him. He inspired all of us to live to our fullest potential and to share the gifts that G-d has given us with the world. Thank you, Arnold Potler, z"l, for being our wise friend and caring teacher.

Ellen and Rick Sanders

Posted at 12:20pm
Dear Dorothy, Mark, Aaron and Lisa,
Sending love to you all at this difficult time. Arnie was truly a mensch - kind, caring, with a great sense of humor. I was privileged to have him as part of the family my whole life. He had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives. Please know that our thoughts are with you. Sending love from Rick and me.

Naomi Rovner

Posted at 12:00pm
Dorothy, So so sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. He was such a good guy, always with a smile, so friendly. May your happy memories help comfort you.

Jill Welsh

Posted at 11:43am
Lisa - I'm so sorry for your loss. From all the stories that you used to tell in the office, he was a wonderful man and well loved by his many students.

Richard A. Disharoon

Posted at 11:28am
Dear Dorothy,
My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. Arnold was a beloved friend and colleague for more than fifty years. His quiet, effective manner for accomplishing the goals that were best for children was a model for all who worked with him.

Arlene Keyser

Posted at 11:27am
So very sorry for your families loss. Mr. Potler was one of my favorite teachers at Milford Mill. You always have that one teacher that leaves a lasting impression, that was Mr. Potler . I remember him as always being kind and funny. May his memory forever be a blessing.

Simone and Larry Rosenbloom

Posted at 11:06am
We were so saddened to hear of the passing of dear Arnold. I've known him since kindergarten at Talmudical Academy and through high school at City College. He was truly a man of kindness, was always so pleasant to be with, and so well liked. He was a gentle gentleman. Dorothy, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family on this bitter loss.
Simone and Larry Rosenbloom

Arnold Goldberg

Posted at 10:59am
To the Potler family:
I never had the chance to have Mr. Potler as a teacher but I remember him well and fondly from Ner Tamid Greenspring synagogue as well as another parent in our Summit Park community. He was always the nicest, kindest and gentlest man; he will be sorely missed. Take comfort in the wonderful memories of a special man.
Arnie Goldberg

Cindy Scherr-Zimlin

Posted at 10:55am
Dorothy and family - I was so devastated to hear that "Mr. Potler" had passed away. He was always such a great influence in my life and I am sure on the lives of many from the class of PHS 1969. He was so soft-spoken and kind and he helped me to realize that science was a subject that could be fun. He was there for me as a mentor, even when I did not have him as a teacher one year. He would help me with science projects that I received from another teacher so that I would pass the course (it also helped that you lived across the street from us when I was panicking about those project deadlines). I also remember him coming across the street on occasion to sit on the porch with my dad and "sneak" a cigar. I cannot say enough about this kind and generous man who impacted so many lives during his time here on this earth. I always loved running into the two of you over the years and chatting.
I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Cindy Scherr-Zimlin

Ilene and Bruce Lessans

Posted at 10:44am
Dorothy, Buddy, Bev and the Family,

We want to extend our heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of Arnold. I (Bruce) didn’t know him well but I was an elementary school classmate of Bev.

Pikesville Schools Coalition

Posted at 10:40am
The PIkesville Schools Coalition would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the Potler family. Mr. Potler was a tireless advocate for public education and played a fundamental role in establishing the Pikesville Schools Coalition.

Julian & Zella Rosenberg

Posted at 10:31am
We remember him as being very friendly and welcoming when we were in his home.

Barbara Brodie

Posted at 10:11am
He was a blessing to all of us who had him in our lives. My heart goes out to all of you.

Steven Baum

Posted at 10:10am
We will all miss Arnie and his wonderful caring personality. He was one of my favorite teachers at PHS, even though I never liked science. I also will remember him from teaching me at Ner Tamid, which was a challenge. I always enjoyed his numerous visits to Greetings & Readings which brought a smile to my day. I feel very fortunate to have known Mr Potler from a teacher to a friend. He will be greatly missed.

Paul E. Alpert

Posted at 09:59am
Dear Buddy: Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved brother Arnold. May his memory be as a blessing. Sincerely, Paul Alpert

Alan Rhody

Posted at 09:22am
Condolences to the entire Potler family. Arnold was certainly a big part of my life growing up. I’ll never forget him driving us around in that big old car to Hebrew school, little league, and even our first real rock concert. Among many other lessons he imparted in and out of the classroom, he showed me/us that not all adults had to act like indifferent grownups – he treated kids and teenagers like fellow human beings and was genuinely interested in what was going on with you. His compassionate care for pets and animals of all sorts also sticks with me to this day. I’ll really miss him but I will always hear his voice in my memory.

Gloria Gordon and Family

Posted at 09:19am
The Potler Family,

How nice it always was to see and talk to Arnold.
As neighbors it was special and a

My deepest sympathy.

Arnold & Susan Greenspun

Posted at 09:07am
Sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. We did not meet until our later years but , we always remember a kind and gracious neighbor. I am sure you have many fine memories and we wish you all the best.


Elliott Berlin

Posted at 09:07am
Dorothy and family,
I am very saddened to learn of Arnold's passing and like others who have shared wonderful memories, I also had the pleasure of his wisdom as a science teacher at Pikesville High Shool in 1969. I always knew that after class on Friday afternoon, we would see each other at Shul on Saturday morning. My parents Harry and Rita Berlin were a part of the original members of Greenspring Valley Synagogue along with you your parents, so our connection goes back many decades prior to the name change to Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue. Arnold's soft spoken manner reminded me of my father and I enjoyed our conversations at Shul over the years and after I graduated high school.

I extend my sincere condolences to you and your family. Cherish the fond memories you have of Arnold to comfort you over the coming days, weeks and in the future. May Arnold Rest In Peace, Amem.

Wendy Berkow

Posted at 09:03am
Mr. Potler was my favorite teacher; I had him for Biology, Class of '72. I learned so much in his class, laughed so much, and did lots of very, cool experiments. Because of him, I'm not afraid of rats. Like others stated, I really looked forward to his class in the afternoon. I still am enthralled with Science. I thought of him often when I unexpectedly, developed my own teaching style years later. My sincere condolences to his family, and friends. We were a lucky, group!

Debby Strauss block

Posted at 09:02am
Mr Potler was my Hebrew school teacher as well as my biology teacher I failed at both but he never failed me. He was so supportive. I feel lucky I got to see him at the class of 69 reunion and thank him.

Chelsea Lizardo

Posted at 08:47am
I will never forget how Mr. Potler attended my 18th birthday party and how he gave a speech about how he felt so much love in one room. I’ve never been close to any of my teachers and even college professors except Mr. Potler and Mr. Kulick, my dynamic duo and forever favorite teachers. Thank you for celebrating our birthdays every month and letting your classes never forget to celebrate our DNAs’ 2% difference 😭

Stephanie (Freedman) Ferber

Posted at 08:47am
What a terrific man! I knew him from childhood as a nearby neighbor and from Ner Tamid as the Associate Principal. As a child, I remember looking out the window when we would pass by your house and being so disappointed if “Mr. Potler” wasn’t outside. As an adult I was fortunate enough to run into him all the time around town and we would stop and talk about everything. Arnold was a wonderful man who touched more lives than anyone I know. His wisdom, stories, teaching and advice not to mention genuine caring about everyone were gifts to everyone he knew. We were ALL fortunate to have known such a fine person. Wishing you fond memories and time to help ease your pain. Arnold was a terrific man filling so many people with so many wonderful memories. 💕

Sandy Gurwitz

Posted at 08:37am
So sorry to hear about Arnold. My prayers and condolences go out to you. I met Arnold when I started watching Blue Ezrine a few houses from you. I would see him gardening many times when I took Blue for his many walks. Arnold would visit occasionally when I was there not to see me but to see Blue. Blue adored Arnold. I enjoyed the times you, Arnold and I went to dinner. It was a pleasant diversion for me. He was a funny and very kind man. Cherish all of the loving memories you have.

David and Linda Silverberg

Posted at 08:23am
Dear Buddy. Linda and I are saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved brother. May his memory comfort you and your family.

Judi Snyder

Posted at 08:12am
What a great loss to family, friends, the education system and humanity in general! Mr. Potler was the kindest individual. His genuine attention and concern for his students was remarkable! He taught our daughter at Pikesville High. I also knew him from Beth El. So many years after being in the classroom, he always asked about her and our family. A true educator and a born mensch to boot! Mr. Potler and his infectious smile will be missed greatly. May his memory always and forever be for a blessing.

Susan Weintraub Leibtag

Posted at 08:11am
Mr. Potler was my science teacher at Sudbrook Middle School in the mid 1960s. We all adored his sense of humor, his outstanding teaching, and his warmth. I still remember his smile and recall him as one of the best teachers I ever had, all these years later. I hope that the family is comforted by the fact that he influenced a great many students during his career. By the way, i was also so proud that he was Jewish and was proud of his Jewishness.

elliot lewis

Posted at 08:10am
I always enjoyed running into Mr. Potter (or should I say Mr. Reltop), and reminiscing about the days that he was my Hebrew School teacher at Rogers Avenue Synagogue. His dedication to his students was unparalleled. Even though he wasn’t my public school teacher, he helped me plan and put together a science project that I needed to do for my junior high school class. He was a class act! May his memory be a blessing to his family and friends, and May he Rest In Peace.

ILENE Gluckstern Mackler

Posted at 07:56am
Mr. Potler was my science teacher at Pikesville Senior. Science was definitely not my forte, but I always looked forward to his class. He was so kind and soft spoken. He always made you feel welcome. His patience and mannerisms made me feel special and included. I can picture his gait as he walked through the halls...always with a smile...always recognizing students by name. I haven't seen him since I graduated in 1970. I'm happy for you, his family, that you had him in your lives for so long. I hope your wonderful memories of him always warm your hearts and bring smiles to your faces. May his memory serve as a blessing.

Terry Weiner

Posted at 07:53am
To Dorothy and family,

What a wonderful man Arnold was! While I didn’t have him as a teacher at Pikesville High, I always remember him smiling and stopping in the halls to talk to me. And many years later, I had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy at Sinai Hospital while working there.

All of us were blessed to have known him as his positive attitude about life impacted us all. Those memories will sustain you in the days and weeks to come.

Mark and Robin Smolarz

Posted at 07:42am
Dorothy, Mark, Aaron and Lisa, it is so sad to hear about this. My family had the pleasure of living next door to the Potlers on Greenspring Avenue for many years. I learned a lot from him in watching how much he loved and cared about his wife and children. I was lucky to find him again on my walks in the past couple of years where we would always stop to talk for a while and discuss family, Pikesville and the world at large. He was such an important part of the fabric of Pikesville from his days teaching to his community activism. May you be comforted by all the great memories you have of him.

Paul L Abrams

Posted at 07:11am
Condolences to the entire Potler family. I have known your family for many years. Your family were regular Shulgoers at Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue for many years. You lived about 4 houses up from Smith ave., on Greenspring ave. for several decades. My brother, Arnold( of blessed memory) was good childhood friends with Aaron, during our Summit Park Elementary. School days! Although I never had Mr. Potler for a teacher, I heard he was an entertaining teacher that kept his students engaged in their learning activities. We all can use many more teachers like him. He was always on the bimah at Ner Tamid, with aliyahs during the Jewish holidays. He was always personable to talk to, with his friendly 😃. May you cherish all the many good memories. May his great Soul be blessed by all the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem ! May Hashem bless his Soul. Baruch Hashem.

Marlene and Bill Saltzman

Posted at 07:04am
Dear Dorothy and family,
We were so distressed to hear of Arnold’s passing. His gentleness and intelligence will be greatly missed. He was a kind, caring gentleman. We cherish our many crab feast and Chanukah memories.

Sara Saiontz-Hayes

Posted at 06:43am
I am deeply sorry to hear of Mr. Potler’s passing. He was absolutely my favorite teacher and I’ll never forgot his warmth and caring! I was thrilled to run into him a year or two ago and he still had that loving smile. My deepest condolences to the entire family. He will be sorely missed by all!

Carol Frank Wynne

Posted at 06:07am
Mr. Potler will always be Mr Potler to me. He was a teacher who made a shy, insecure teen feel important. He was a mentor who taught me that science was essential to the nurse practitioner that I became.
Mr and Mrs Potler will always be a part of my education, life, heart.
Thank you to the Potler family for sharing this wonderful man with me and the Pikesville HS ‘69.

Joe Pachino

Posted at 05:53am
My next birthday I'll be 70. He was 86. But to me--even in the many ensuing years--he was never Arnold. He was always Mr. Potler. And still is.

Opening the Levinson email this morning, this one really stunned me. I could check a Thesaurus and list adjectives, but I'd just be repeating some that have already been written and those that I'm sure will follow.

This is undisputed by all: He was a soft spoken and very patient, effective teacher. (Room 109 if I remember correctly!) And really a good guy. The '69 PHS Twerp is shedding tears today.

Jim & Kelly Ballan

Posted at 01:22am
We are so sorry to hear about Arnold's passing. From school to holiday dinners have left very fond memories. Great man and will be missed. Holding good thoughts for you and the family. May his memory be a blessing for all.

Glenda Chernoff

Posted at 11:49pm
Arnold was a man with a huge heart. He offered a helping hand to everyone who asked, and even those who didn't ask. He was a man of integrity, which gained him the respect of everyone he met -- his family, students, neighbors, and the entire Pikesville community. He was warm and caring and most of all he was my friend. To Dorothy, I extend my sincere condolences. Arnold will truly be missed.

Michele Waxman Johnson

Posted at 09:58pm
Dear Lisa and all the Potler and Rosenberg family,
Mr. Potler was a wonderful and kind man. I remember him well from the 1970s at Milford. It was wonderful to reconnect in recent years at community events. I am so sorry for your loss. May you always cherish your lifetime of memories.

Eileen Berman

Posted at 09:43pm
To Aaron and family,
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your dad. May you always cherish the many fond memories that you enjoyed together through the years.
May his memory be for a blessing.

Neil Kahn

Posted at 09:21pm
It was 1973 that Mr. Potler taught me a true lesson. As a 16 year old who had been driving less than a month I took my eye off the road near the corner of Smith and Greenspring and completely destroyed his (and my mothers) car. Right in front of his house In broad daylight. Rather than rant and rave he made sure I was ok and reassured me that was what really mattered. He was calm and in control and the twinkle in his eye somehow told all would be ok. Fast forward 40+ years and we reconnected regularly at The Lifebridge gym. I reminded him of the incident and he smiled and said I bet your father is not over it yet. What a class guy. He will be missed.

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