Richard Joseph Powers, formerly a psychologist, passed away peacefully Thursday at the McCall Hospice House. He was 89 years old and lived in Greer, S.C.
He was born and raised in Washington Heights, NY. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Dr. Powers earned an undergraduate degree from Fordham University. He continued to pursue education, receiving 3 additional masters degrees in Speech, Education and Psychology. He went on to receive his doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
In the 1970's, he moved with his family to Thomasville, GA. As one of the first psychologists in the Southeast, he worked in the school system, Archbold Hospital, Northside Hospital, and had a private practice, Mental Health Associates.
Known as "Dick" to most, he loved running, playing guitar, old movies, and was an avid student of history. He was a long time member of Saint Augustine's Catholic Church in Thomasville, GA where he performed service as a lector and Eucharistic Minister.
There is a Mass and burial planned at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Joseph and Ellen White Powers, and his sister, Virginia Powers Doherty. Surviving are his two sons; John and Chris; his two daughters; Mary and Kerry; a sister, Nell Delaney; and 7 grandchildren.
Published on October 3, 2017