Mr. Jack F. Powers
b. 01 Sept 1918 - South Norfolk, VA
d. 14 June 1992 - Newport News, VA - age 73

University of Richmond, B. A.
College of William and Mary: M. Ed.

Mathematics, U. S. History, Physical Education, Jr. Varsity Football Coach, Football Co-Coach, Varsity Baseball Coach,
Sponsor of the Mouse Class of 1957 ('61), Co-Sponsor of the Junior Class of 1958 ('59)

1955 Anchor, p. 13 1956 Anchor, p. 47 1957 Anchor, p. 138 1957 Anchor, p. 60
  "Carol Stanley, left, and Jackie Hanna, right, acquire knowledge about their native country in U.S. History class as Mr. Powers points out various sections of the United States on the map." "Discussing the strategy of the '57 Baseball campaign is Coach Jack Powers and Captain third-sacker Bobby Jones."  
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1958 Anchor, p. 83 1959 Anchor, p. 71 1960 Anchor, p. 115 1961 Anchor, p. 89
"Mr. Powers explains an important incident in U. S. History to Ronnie Miller ('59)." "FOOTBALL COACHES
1st Row: Center and line coach, John Palmer; head coach, J. C. Range; back coach, Charlie Nuttycombe; 2nd Row: Line coach, Bill Helms; end coach, Charles Driesell; back and J. V. coach, Jack Powers."
"Mr. Powers chats with Pam Morris, one of his many 'favorite' girls." "Newly elected co-captains Jimmy Workman ('61) and Paul Laws ('61) pause a moment for a picture with Coach Jack Powers."
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Mr. Powers was one of the most pleasant surprises which awaited me as a "mouse" entering NNHS. 
He was my  U.S. History teacher.  He claimed to not like teaching eighth graders,
preferred to be left alone from such distractions to teach his juniors,
and frequently rejoiced over no longer having to teach seventh-graders
("Those BABIES!  They didn't even know how to wipe their noses!"). 
But if he didn't like us, we adored him.  His class was always a fun experience,
and U. S. History came alive in such an environment.

He had a delightful habit of suddenly losing his thought, getting a faraway look on his face, and mumbling
that he had lost his place because he was "distracted by all this feminine pulchritude" surrounding him. 
This pronouncement resulted in long rounds of giggles from all the girls
(and who can giggle better than thirteen-year-old girls?!?). 
We had no idea what feminine pulchritude was, so he advised us to look it up. 
To this day, Mr. Powers remains the only person I've ever heard use that expression. 
In retrospect, there were a lot of really beautiful girls in that D-Period class -
Dianne Adams, Lynne Dannelly, Margaret Gann, Joan Kniesche, Carolyn Webb, Rose Woodard. 
But hearing themselves described in such a way was still a new and thrilling experience, even an (ahem) empowering one.

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 05/11/04


Carol -- thanks for that memory of Coach Powers.  I had forgotten about him being the source of the term "feminine pulchritude".
 I have had a lot of fun with that expression over the years, as I suspect many other guys from his classes have done.

Also, I had long since forgotten the picture of me with him in the '58 Anchor, from 11th grade history.
That was my "15 seconds of fame" at NNHS (I don't get 15 minutes!).  History was always a somewhat boring
and dry subject for me, but Coach Powers made it more interesting than others ever did.

Something I was told about him years later by another teacher: he was a veteran of WWII, and was highly decorated.
He was seriously injured on one of the Pacific Islands.  Of course, like most combat veterans, he never spoke of it.

I ended up sitting by Coach Powers at the retirement dinner for Coach Conn.  I thoroughly enjoyed his company --
he spoke knowledgeably on just about any subject that came up.  The subject got onto various stunts and pranks
that had been pulled by some of us during school years, and I ended up asking him: "Coach, how did you coaches
and teachers put up with some of the stuff we pulled?"  His answer was: "None of you were bad kids --
you just needed to be reined in occasionally."  A very wise man, indeed.

My athletic talents were practically non-existent in school -- at least compared to some of the great athletes NNHS had.
I tried out for the baseball team in the spring of '58 as a pitcher.  And I must say, Coach Powers did give me a hard, honest look.
He let me down very gently by saying that he had a great pitching staff already (Dan Rouse and Bobby Mears),
and didn't have room enough on the squad right then, but he would put me on the "reserve squad" just in case.
That made me feel 10 feet tall.  He also encouraged me to keep working hard for the rest of the season
in case they did need me, and that would also give me a head start on being ready for next year.

Unfortunately I left Newport News that summer, so I'll never know if I could have made it the next year.
If that was actually Coach Powers' standard method of rejecting someone, then it was great psychology.
Even today, I still have good feelings about it.  Handled improperly, it could have been a shattering blow to a young ego.
Thanks, Coach!

- Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 06/16/04
What a beautiful remembrance!  Thanks, Ron!


While I was at '64's 40th Reunion, I saw an old Beacon brought by Alice Fowler Edwards from May of 1961
which confirmed that Mr. Powers was a naval officer.  We knew he had been a decorated veteran of WWII,
but we were unsure of the branch of military in which he had served.

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 10/26/04


 I was aware that Coach Jack Powers was an officer in the US Navy.
He was a commander, if I am not mistaken.
His children and my children attended the same kindergarten classes,
so we used to get together and talk military at PTA meetings.
I always admired him for his self-discipline.
The man sure hated John C. Calhoun and made no secret of it. He was my history teacher and a good one.
He also coached the J. V. Football team along with Coach "Pistol Pete" Robinson and I can still remember him
on the sleds demanding more and more from the players as we got into shape to play football.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/26/04
Ohhhh, thanks so much, Joe!


THAT just brought back a sharp memory!
My mother was descended from five different branches of the Caldwell family of VA and SC
of which Sen. John Caldwell Calhoun's mother was a member.
As a result, Calhoun was my first cousin, five times removed, several times over.
When Coach Powers started sounding off on Calhoun - which was frequently - I would remind him of this.
It made him totally ballistic!  It was absolutely delicious!  I loved that man; he was one of the best teachers I ever had.
Thanks for the memory, Joe!

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 10/26/04


Hi, Carol:
Your remembering that "Captain Jack" could be explosive at time in the classroom
brings to mind his demonstration of anger in our U.S. History class.
Edna Earle Martin Clemence ('57) of GA could get his temper to explode better
than anyone in the class when she would challenge his conclusions in class.
His words were always prefaced by "Edna Earle..." and he would proceed to kick the trash can
across the room, sending it bouncing until it struck the wall and bounced some more.
He would have everyone's attention then, and set the record straight.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/26/04
No doubt about it, Joe, the man had a way of commanding attention!  Giggles!  Thanks again!


I am also glad that Coach Jack Powers was mentioned with the other coaches.  I was very young but remember the Powers' lived behind me.  I was on 15th Street and he was on 16th Street in Stuart Gardens.  They were great neighbors in a time when I lost my dad at a very young age.

- Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 07/04/08
Thank you for that precious memory, Phil!


JOHN F. POWERS

NEWPORT NEWS - John Franklyn "
Jack" Powers, 73, a native of South Norfolk and a Peninsula resident since 1948, died Sunday, June 14.

Mr.
Powers retired as a teacher and athletic coach after 42 years with the Newport News school system. He was a member of North Riverside Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher and deacon. He was a Navy veteran during World War II.

Survived by his wife, Emily Smith
Powers; two daughters, Pamela P. Holtzclaw of Hampton and Paige P. Steele of Newport News; a son, Paul H. Powers of Newport News; and two grandchildren.

Funeral 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Riverside Baptist Church by Drs. John S. Carpenter and Joe Strothers. Burial in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorials to North Riverside Baptist Church, 311 Selden Road, Newport News 23606; or a favorite charity.

Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/15/1992.


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Written by Benito Benitez, John Garrett III, Antoinette Colandero
Performed by Penny Ford, Duran Butler
Produced by Snap

 

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"The Power" lyrics courtesy of http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/coyoteugly/thepower.htm
at the suggestion of my son, Joshua Harty, of IL - 05/10/04
Thanks, Joshua!

"The Power" wav courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/3863/sounds.html
also at the suggestion of my son, Joshua Harty, of IL - 05/11/04
Thanks again, Joshua!

Spinning Football clip art courtesy of http://www2.bc.edu/~olivieri/ - 06/23/08

Animated Navy Flag courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Obituary added on 04/19/08

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