Edwin Joseph Powers, 78, procurement officer

March 31, 2004

Edwin Joseph Powers, retired chief procurement officer at the Army's Chemical and Ballistics Research and Development Command at Edgewood Arsenal, died of emphysema Friday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 78.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he enrolled at Fordham University, then joined the Army before the end of his first semester.

He served in France, Belgium and Germany during World War II. Because he was fluent in German, Mr. Powers remained with the occupation forces for several years after the war. He then returned to Fordham and earned a chemistry degree in 1951.

After graduation, he was a civilian chemist at the Army's Chemical Corps in Manhattan. He moved to his job at Edgewood Arsenal in 1965 and worked there until 1985, when he retired.

Mr. Powers enjoyed gardening, raising plants year-round and donating them to area charities. He played golf at Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air, where he was a member.

He was a member of the Bel Air post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave. in Bel Air, where he was a Eucharistic minister and taught religious education.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Mary Boylan; a son, Edward J. Powers of Bel Air; two daughters, Tara Powers McCoy and Maura Powers Brennan, both of Timonium; a brother, John V. Powers of Shenorock, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren.

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