John Powell ’58 was a prominent attorney in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he specialized in estate planning. He passed away on May 14, 2011.
Powell was born in New York City and grew up in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He graduated from high school in Albany, N.Y., and earned his bachelor’s degree at Colgate University, where he competed on the swim team. He served in the Korean War as a lieutenant and gunnery officer on the USS Cowell before enrolling at the Law School.
After starting his career—and a family—in New York, Powell moved to Southern California to work in finance for Hughes Aircraft. In 1974, Powell and his family relocated to Arizona, where he worked with a computer leasing company. Opting to return to the law, he opened up the Scottsdale practice that would be his professional home for the next 30 years.
Powell was an active member in the Scottsdale Bar Association, where he served one term as president, as well as in the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and numerous estate planning groups. He was known in the local community for his ethics, honesty, and legal expertise. When he retired in 2004, Powell was a partner at Lowry, Clements & Powell.
Powell was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Margo, who died on October 28, 2009. He is survived by his three children, Wally Powell, Margaret Clark, and Donald Powell; and his two brothers, Harrington Drake and Donald Powell.