Barbara Suzanne Potter McGan, 83, passed away July 4, 2020 in Branford, Connecticut. A native of New Rochelle, NY, she was born May 30, 1937 to Stewart Gordon and Mary (Wicks) Potter. She moved with her family first to Waterville, NY then East Greenbush, NY, where she attended Columbia High School. Mrs. McGan graduated from Green Mountain College in Vermont where she was the President of the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter as well as the Chapter’s founder. After college she continued to pursue her studies in chemistry and pathology with an apprenticeship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, NY. She would go on to become a certified Medical Technologist and research assistant to Dr. John Muntz in the Biochemistry Department at Albany Medical College. Her assistance and research led to the publication of several articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She married Dr. Robert B. McGan, her devoted husband of 61 years, in Albany, NY in 1959.
New Canaan is truly a special place – a wonderful community to have bought up our children and a beautiful community that I am proud to call home. It is a quaint New England village. It is also a town with some of the most wonderful and innovative modernist architecture in the world. (The Glass House, Grace Farms, The works of the Harvard Five.)
In these troubled times, as society collectively debates its history, and the monuments to that history, we question what is worth preserving and what is okay to let go. And in doing so, we all seek to leave our communities better off than we found them.