(Nov. 29, 1861-Feb. 8, 1915). Theodore Potter was an early exponent of the germ theory of disease, a pioneer in the cause and treatment of tuberculosis, and author of(1898), as well as many articles on the subject. A native of Hamilton County, Ohio, Potter graduated with honors from Princeton University (1882) and Ohio Medical College (1887) and spent a year studying in Germany.
Potter came to Indianapolis in 1889 as a demonstrator of microscopy and bacteriology in the Medical College of Indiana. In 1891, he was named professor of bacteriology; he retained his professorship when the Indiana Medical College merged with the.
An active member of the local, state, and national medical societies, Potter served as editor of the. He was a consulting pathologist to the Indianapolis and an attending physician for chest diseases, especially at the City Dispensary. He was largely responsible for a fresh air school being established in 1914 on the grounds of . The school was expanded and named for Potter 20 years later.