The Seattle Times Monday, April 10, 1989
Longtime UW Education Dean Francis F. Powers Dies At 87
A memorial service for Francis F. Powers, Dean of the University of Washington's College of Education for 21 years, is scheduled for 2PM Thursday in the Acacia Forkner & Home Funeral Chapel.
Powers, 87, died in his Seattle home last Thursday. He was born in Hastings, Nebraska, raised in Tacoma and earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1923.
After completing studies for Master's and Doctorate degrees, Powers became an instructor in education at the University of Washington in 1928. Eleven years later, he became Dean of the College of Education and held that position until 1961.
He directed educational research there for the next five years.
From 1961 to 1966, Powers was Director of Publications and Special Projects; in 1972 he was named Professor Emeritus. He was active in his profession until last year.
In the 1950s, Powers was Chairman of the National Commission on Accrediting and also served as President of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Powers served on many committees for the State Board of Education and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
He also was active in the Municipal League of Seattle.
He was a member of the Rainier Club, College Club, Faculty Club, Swedish Club and the University Congregational Church.
In retirement, Powers was active in the movement for adult day care and maintained his interest in steelhead fishing and bridge tournaments.
Survivors include his wife, Oma and a brother, Clarke J. Powers of Puyallup. Burial will be in Eugene, Oregon.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer Monday, April 10, 1989
Former Dean At UW, Francis Powers, Dies
A memorial service for Francis F. Powers, former Dean of the University of Washington College of Education and instrumental in establishing the state's junior college system, will be held Thursday at 2PM at the Acacia Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way Northeast.
Dr. Powers, 87, died Thursday in his Seattle home.
He was born in Hastings, Nebraska and graduated from Tacoma's Stadium High School. He received Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Washington and a Master's degree from the University of Oregon.
In 1922, he started his career by teaching Latin in the Moran School for Boys on Bainbridge Island and from 1925 to 1927, he was a teaching fellow at Oregon University.
Dr. Powers came to the University of Washington in 1928 as an instructor in education. He became a full professor in 1939 when he was named Dean of the College of Education, a post he held until 1961.
From 1961 until 1966, he was Director of Educational Research at the University of Washington and served as Director of Publications and Special Projects between 1966 and 1972. He then was named Professor Emeritus.
He was the author of several books including "Elementary Educational Psychology" and "How to Improve Your Reading."
In the 1950s, he was Chairman of the National Commission on Accrediting, a joint council of five regional accrediting organizations in the United States. He also was President of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges from 1950 to 1956.
Dr. Powers, a proponent of basic education and an advocate of classical education for youth, served on many committees of the State Board of Education and of the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
He was active with the Municipal League of Seattle and King County and the American Association of University Professors, was a member of the Council for Basic Education and a board member of the Washington State Council on Economic Education.
In recent years, he was an advocate for adult day care and as an ardent steelhead fisherman supported efforts to conserve and preserve wild rivers and their wildlife, especially eagles.
He is survived by his wife, Oma B. Powers of Seattle and a brother, Clarke J. Powers of Puyallup. Interment will be in Oregon.
The family suggested memorials to the endowment fund of the University Adult Day Care Center, 4515 16th Avenue Northeast, Seattle 98105.