John P. Archer Jr. ’46

John P. Archer Jr. ’46 died on May 15, 2016, in Darlington, Maryland.

(The following appeared online at, May 17, 2016):

John Potter Archer Jr., son of the late John Potter Archer Sr. and Caroline Farish Dietrich, died peacefully at his home on May 15, 2016. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Mary Lyman Archer; his daughter Emily Garesche Archer and his sister, Caroline Archer Kearney. He is survived by his sister Yvonne Archer Pons. John was a devoted father and leaves behind four children, Elizabeth Harlan Archer, John Potter Archer III, Melanie Archer Graetzer and William Stevenson Archer; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. John grew up at “Shamrock” where his love of farming began and continued until retirement at the age of 88 at his current farm “Mount Yoe” in Darlington as a proud Angus breeder. John attended St. Margaret’s School, Neumann Prep School, West Nottingham Academy, Bowdoin College where he played football, then attended the University of Maryland for Agriculture. Although quiet and unassuming, John’s hobbies in life were quite different. He was an avid big game hunter and travelled to Africa on multiple occasions as well as New Zealand. His ancestry is steeped in Maryland history. He is a descendant of Augustine Herman who came to this country in 1633 a banker, lawyer, surveyor and Ambassador of Governor Stuyvesant of Maryland, Dr. John Archer Sr. of Medical Hall, the first graduating physician of America, Dr. John Archer Jr. of Rock Run who was commissioned by the governor of Maryland to serve as Surgeon in the War of 1812, and James J. Archer, a Confederate General during the Civil War.