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The Br. Joseph Power Collection

Br. Power was a powerful speaker, a riveting storyteller, a compassionate educator and a devoted friend to all who knew him on campus. He was born in Liverpool, England in 1925, to an Irish Catholic father and a Scottish Catholic mother.

In 1936, he was admitted to St. Mary’s College, Southampton, a boarding school operated by the Brothers of Christian Instruction. He later earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of London and then gained exhibition to St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he read for an Honors Degree in English Language and Literature.

While at St. Catherine’s, Br. Power had the opportunity to study with some of the world’s most distinguished scholars, including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

After graduation and time spent teaching in the midlands and south of England, Br. Power was appointed Head Master of his alma mater. By this time, he had also joined the ranks of the Brothers of Christian Instruction and was well acquainted with the Order throughout the world.

In 1965, Br. Power was offered and eagerly accepted a short-term appointment to then Walsh College in North Canton. Thanks to the vibrant spirit of the young institution and the congeniality of its teaching staff, Br. Power continued to renew his yearly contracts until he was offered full tenure as a Professor of English Language and Literature.

But Br. Power found time to dedicate himself to service outside the classroom as well. He took an active role in the Christian Appalachian Project, leading the Brother’s mission in West Virginia; assisting in the Papal visit Canada; administering academic workshops in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and playing an important part in the reorganization of secondary schools in his native Liverpool.

“Br. Power embodied peace and wisdom,” noted President Richard Jusseaume of his long-time friend, faculty member and colleague. “He was a true gentleman, a man of dignity and good nature and he will be truly missed by the Walsh community.”

Br. Power summed up one his philosophies of life during an interview with a reporter from the Massillon Independent. “We are all different but we are all made in the image of God, each of us a unique note in that divine symphony,” he said. “I turn to the great C.S. Lewis who reminds us that there is no insignificant life and there are no ordinary men and women. We are all made in the image of God and destined for an eternity of joy – I believe that.”

Br. Power is survived by two brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins and grandnieces and nephews, mostly living in England.

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