In Memoriam: Tom PowersThursday, June 19, 2008
(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)
Long-time labor lawyer and activist Tom Powers passed away from cancer at his home in Rockville last week, reported Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb in Wednesday's Washington Post. He was 74. Powers began his involvement with the labor movement after moving to DC to pursue a law degree at George Washington University in the 1960s. For nearly four decades, Powers provided counsel to a variety of Metro DC workers, including broadcasters, actors, bricklayers, steelworkers and school administrators in Prince George's County "during a career highlighted by his passion for the labor movement," Lamb reported. "Tom was a near and dear member of our labor family," said Metro Council President Jos Williams. "Our thoughts and solidarity go out to his entire family, including Tom's wife, Pat O'Donnell of AFTRA/SAG." A funeral service will be held in the Solidarity Hall of the National Labor College (10000 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD) Friday at 11:30A. Contributions in his memory can be made to the National Labor College (indicate on the check that the contribution is for the Tom Powers Memorial). Click here to read the full Washington Post obituary.