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Dr. Joseph Patrick Powers

Dr. Joseph Patrick Powers
  • September 29, 1944 - January 14, 2017
  • Needham, Massachusetts

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“I am just now finding out about the passing of Dr. Powers. I was literally just a week or so telling a story about him and the impact he had on me....Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Danielle Crews - student

“Dr. Powers was not only a very skilled therapist but also an extremely loving and compassionate person. Our family was blessed to have worked with...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: - Wellesley

“I knew Joe back in the 80's when he came to McLean Hospital for advanced training and then stayed on the staff for a number of years. I especially...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Richard T Monahan - Sudbury, MA

“I would like to express my condolences to Joe's family, friends and community. As a psychologist at McLean, I remember him with respect and gratitude...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“I would like to send my condolences to Joe's family and friends. As a psychologist at McLean, I remember Joe with great respect and gratitude for the...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BE OF COMFORT TO YOUR FAMILY.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17 ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“Kathy , A close friend who had been a client of Joe s recently told me of his passing . My friend had described him as incredibly compassionate ,...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Jack Howard - Milton, MA

“Our sincere sympathy to Kathleen, Devin and Cullan. Joe and Kathleen's visits to Ireland were times of fun, laughter and connections with his Irish...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Madigans Bannons - Ireland

“Dear Kathleen. And. Family. Joe was. A year. Behind Me at. Catholic university. We worked at sacred heart school in. Bronx 1967 to 1970. He was a...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“It was through Dr. Powers' deep and abiding care behind every question and comment, his wise and profound listening that my family was able to heal...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa Lahey - Cambridge, MA

“To Kathy and all the Power Family Its sad for us all to lose a great guy with a wealth of fun and knowledge .Joe loved to talk hurling with my Dad...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Jay Lyons - Norwood, MA

“Dr. Joe Powers was a truly exceptional therapist and one of the kindest men I have had the privilege to meet. As a fellow in the MGH/McLean Child...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Dr. John Julian - Manchster, MA

“I had the opportunity to know and work with Joe for the last 15 years or more. We all lost a truly amazing person. I have many fond memories of him....Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Thomas Idiculla - Belmont, MA

“To the family,We are so saddened by the news of Dr. Powers passing. He has helped our son and us so greatly during a difficult transition to the...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: The Wassermans - NEEDHAM, MA

“Dear Kathleen and family Way back in the Junior novitiate Joe was my friend and mentor. He never gave advice without me asking, and I often did, but...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Phillips - Surprise, AZ

“Dear Kathleen and family, Dr. Powers walked with my son through troubled times and good for many years. His gentle guidance and fun spirit led...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Wendyl Ross - Wellesley, MA

“Dear Kathleen and boys. We are so sad to hear about Joe's passing. He was such a sweet man! Love from Bill, Donna, Brian and Mike Vello ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Vello - Needham, MA

“We were so saddened to hear of Joe's passing. I have so many fond memories of Joe first as an intern and then as a colleague in the psychology...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Robert Brooks - Needham, MA

“I just learned about Joe's passing. We are very saddened to hear this news. I so enjoyed my interactions with Joe when he was an intern and later a...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“I am deeply saddened by Joe Powers's death. He was a gifted and deeply compassionate member of the professional staff at McLean who brought his...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: James Chu, MD - Concord, MA

“Our sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Powers. Dr. Powers was a great person and a source of strength, help and a friend to our family and to...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Kathleen,I am so shocked and sorry to learn of Joe's death. I have such fond memories of him as my graduate school advisor and mentor at Lesley...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Condolences to the family of Joe "Wheels" Powers, who I had the privilege of playing Over-the-Hill soccer with for about eight years. Joe also...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Christopher Considine - Needham, MA

“Here's to you Joe! Scholar, athlete, Christian, altruist, man of craic, and Woodstock Joe! Charlie Schwetje ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Kathlene & Family, , So sorry to hear of Joe's sudden passing. His work, teaching & sharing of his knowledge from his professional & life...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Anthony Cunningham

“Dear Kathleen,We were so sorry to hear about Dr. Powers passing . We saw him every week for the past two years with our son Jordi. He made such an...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff, Rosa and Jordi Dangel - MA

“Dear Kathleen, I am sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We were in community for two years at Sacred Heart in the Bronx. Joe was a wonderful teacher...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: - N Palm Beach, Florida


Dr. Joseph Patrick Powers of Needham, passed away on January 14, 2017, in his home. Loving husband to Kathleen O'Brien, and devoted father of sons Devin and Cullan Powers. Joe was born on September 29, 1944, in the Bronx, NY, as the second of eight siblings. He spent his childhood days playing stickball and basketball, and nurturing a deep love for learning that he would carry with him throughout his life. Joe studied English Literature at Catholic University, Communications at New York University, Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama at the Moreno Institute, and Psychology at Harvard University and Boston College, where he received his doctorate. He was the Director of Group Psychotherapy at McLean Hospital in Belmont, and ran his own private practice, working with families and individuals of all ages. Most recently, Joe served as a consultant to the Galway Hurling Team in Ireland, an honor he cherished. Joe appreciated the arts, and directed a number of Irish plays in the Boston area. He did have his faults; he was a New York Yankee's fan. Joe lived a life full of compassion and wonder. His profound devotion to helping others find peace was surpassed only by the love he had for his family and dear friends and his capacity to see the beauty in this world. His sincere warmth, humor, and empathy touched everyone he knew. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 10:00AM at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 23 Dedham Avenue, Needham.