Judge James S. Getty to be honored during Homecoming at Potomac State

The Honorable James S. Getty (retired), Class of 1941, will be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award on October 8th during the annual awards banquet at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU).

Judge James S. Getty
James S. Getty 

While attending Potomac State, Judge Getty served as a member of the Debate Club, the PSC Players, and was the circulation manager of the College’s student newspaper, the “Pasquino.”

After earning an associate degree in pre-law, Judge Getty attended the University of Maryland Law School where he earned his jurisprudence in 1947.  When asked about his time at Potomac State, Judge Getty stated, “I’m forever indebted to the college.  It not only gave me an education, but also provided me with my wife and family.”  His late wife, Betty Glover Getty, attended Potomac State as well.

Judge Getty served 45 years on the bench in Allegany County, 18 years as a trial judge and 27 years as a member of the Court of Special Appeals, of which he was appointed by then Gov. Harry Hughes. 

Prior to becoming a judge, he worked for the Social Security Office before serving as the state’s attorney for Allegany County, Md. for 12 years. 

Judge Getty also served in the U. S. Army during World War II.  When he entered the military he served in the Communications Division, then joined the G-2 Intelligence Division.

Judge Getty was an active member of the Lonaconing Lions Club and the Lonaconing Fire Company for many years.  His interest consisted of playing golf, shooting pool, grouse hunting, reading, and spending time with family. 

The awards banquet will be held in the Davis Conference Center; social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required for the banquet and can be made by contacting Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870, 800-262-7332, ext. 6870 or at PSC-Alumni@mail.wvu.edu.  The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.