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Douglas C. Powers, M.D. '79

Deceased September 23, 1999

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 In Memory

Douglas Campbell Powers died on September 23, 1999, at Oakwood Nursing Center in Virginia Beach. The cause was cancer.  All members of the Class of 1979 extend condolences to Douglas’ wife Polly, to his son Kyle, and to the other members of his family.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Douglas graduated from Shady Side Academy as class valedictorian.  At Amherst, he received Phi Beta Kappa honors in his junior year and graduated magna cum laude with a chemistry major.

Douglas earned his medical degree at Univ. of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1983 and completed his internship and residency at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

Well known for his work in geriatrics, Douglas was director of the Geriatric Clinical Research Center at the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Eastman Virginia Medical School where he was an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Douglas began his research while completing a clinical fellowship in geriatrics at The Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine in Baltimore.  From 1987 to 1990, he served as medical staff fellow at the Gerontology Research Center, National Institute on Aging in Baltimore.  He became a diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1986, and was board-certified in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

An instructor in the department of internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, Douglas served for six years as assistant professor at Saint Louis Univ. School of Medicine and as staff physician specializing in geriatrics at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

His awards included the Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Research from the American Federation for Clinical Research.  He was widely published and recognized for his work in immunology and aging, vaccine efficacy and modulation, and infectious diseases.  He served as the associate editor for the Journals of Gerontology, Medical Sciences section and a manuscript reviewer for numerous medical journals.

He is survived by his wife Polly Powers of Norfolk; a son, Kyle D. Powers of Melbourne, FL; his mother Ellen Maclachlan Powers of Pittsburgh; his father Berri G. Powers and his wife, Edith Powers, of McMurray, PA; a sister, Molly S. Webb, of Kingswood, TX; a brother, Graham Powers of Westerville, OH; and an aunt, Dr. Margaret J. Maclachlan of Pittsburgh.

We mourn his loss.

John Gulla ’79


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