Clarence K. Pott, professor emeritus of Germanic languages and literatures, died in Holland on March 13. He was 86.
Pott joined the U-M in 1944 as an instructor in German and was awarded the rank of full professor in 1960. From then until 1971, he served as chairman of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. He retired in 1977.
Born Oct. 30, 1906, in Amsterdam, Holland, Pott came to the United States in 1916, settling with his family in Holland. Prior to joining the U-M, he taught English at Christian High School in Holland and at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
Pott is survived by his wife, Margaret Florence; sons, Joel of Royal Oak and Timothy of Ann Arbor; daughters, Susan Hutchinson of Holland, Martha Pott of Wellesley, Mass., and Claudia Pott of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by a brother, Marinus Pott of Holland, and two sisters, Mrs. Dick (Gertrude) Zwiep and Mrs. Be (Henrietta) VanZeelt, both of Holland.