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1928 - 2007

Born in Colorado, Captain Powell joined the Navy in July 1948, and after completing boot camp at San Diego, California, attended Aviation Electronics Technician School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. During his enlisted Naval career, Captain Powell served as a Ground Training instructor for the multi-engine pilot school at Corpus Christi, Texas, as a flight crew member with VP-46, at NAS North Island, California, and served with CAG-1 in VF-111 aboard the carriers USS Boxer CV-21 and USS Lake Champlain CV-39 during the close of the Korean conflict.

Attending the University of Colorado after his release from the Navy following the Korean conflict, Captain Powell received his Electrical Engineering degree in June 1958. His commission in the Naval Reserve following shortly thereafter. During his Naval Reserve tenure, Captain Powell served as Reserve Intelligence Area Coordinator for Area Thirteen from 1982 - 1983.

As a civilian, Captain Powell worked for Lockheed Aircraft in the Polaris program, and after moving to the Cape Canaveral area in October 1961, worked for a brief time with Pan American Range Operations. He entered a career in civil service with NASA at the John F. Kennedy Space Center and worked closely with the Apollo Saturn IVB, Apollo Saturn V, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, Shuttle Transportation System, Titan Centaur, Atlas Centaur and Delta programs. Captain Powell later worked with Boeing and was involved in the Space Station Freedom program.

Captain Powell received his Master's Degree in Space Technology in June 1965 from the Florida Institute of Technology, a diploma in National Security Management from the International College of the Armed Forces in 1973, and a Doctor of Science in Space Technology in January 1984 from Columbia Pacific University. An active and loyal supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, Captain Powell was involved in a troop, District and Council level and was rewarded with Scouting's highest civilian honor, the Silver Beaver.

A dedicated husband of Phyllis MacDonald (married 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas), father of Duncan (Deborah), Richard (Ann) and John (Laurie) and grandfather to Daniel, Kate, Samantha, Drew, Richard Jr., Christina and John, he is greatly missed by his family.

Godspeed John Powell - Captain, Husband, Father and Grandpa

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