We are the family and old friends of J. Anthony (Tony) Powell and have much work to do before we launch our idea of honoring him for the brilliant work he accomplished at NASA and for being the father, husband, friend, and mentor he still is today.
In our archives, we have hundreds of pages of Tony’s daily research log entries dating back to the early 1960’s, crystal samples, photos, patents, letters and awards. We hope to share these materials in ways that inspire current and future champions of SiC technology.
Going through Tony’s boxes revealed the depth of admiration his colleagues around the world have for him. Tony is a quiet, humble, and “half-full” kind of human being. We hope to share his inspiring story, too, which found him steadfast in his perseverance through family troubles in pursuit of his dream.
At NASA, Tony never wanted to be the smartest person in the room because he always wanted to learn more. He shared his knowledge and expertise generously, mentoring colleagues, tutoring those who needed help in science or math, and reaching out to marginalized communities to draw them into his beloved world of STEM.
Lastly, we would like to honor Mary Kay Shipacasse Powell, Tony’s wife of 50+ years. She always said that NASA and SiC was our father’s mistress. She was jealous, but she knew she was the love of his life. Mary passed away in 2020.
Tony lives in Dublin, Ohio near his daughter, Jeanne. He struggles with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, but still sees the glass half-full and is fascinated by the world around him.
Thank you for visiting!
Jeanne Powell Ogden
Donna Powell Greywacz
Karen Powell Englandfor f