Doreen Potter

POTTER, Ethel Olive Doreen (née Cousins). b. Panama, 1925; d. Geneva, 24 June 1980. She was a Jamaican citizen, born in Panama, but growing up in Jamaica, where she studied piano and violin at school. She moved to England and trained as a teacher of music at St Katherine’s College, Liverpool. In 1957, she gained her Licentiate of Music degree at Trinity College, London, and was violinist for a number of orchestras. She married Philip Potter, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva. She and Philip became friends of Fred Kaan* and his family, who had moved to Geneva in 1970. Doreen started writing tunes to Kaan’s texts and also collaborated with him on a...

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