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Psychologist , theologian , writer

John Joseph Powell, born on September 22, 1925 in Chicago Illinois, was a Jesuit priest and author, and brother of Rita Donlan and the William Powell.


Powell, John Key was born on December 14, 1925 in Dallas, Texas, United States. Son of Floyd Berkeley and Eloise (Sadler) Powell.


University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1947., University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1950., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 1948.

, American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1973.


He received elementary-school education at the John B. Murphy public school in Chicago. In the fall of 1947, he began a three-year course in philosophy at West Baden College, and enrolled in Loyola University, where he took a Bachelor of Arts degree the following June. He began graduate work at Loyola in 1948 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956.

Fr. Powell was accused of abusing of at least seven female students in the 1960s and 1970s. He was first sued in 2003 and again in 2006. Six of his alleged victims settled their litigation in 2005.

Powell died September 24, 2009 in Clarkston, Michigan USA.


  • Chartered Life Underwriter.


In August 1943, he entered the Society of Jesus at Milford, Ohio. Powell was a proponent of humanistic Catholicism and wrote many books mostly dealing with psychology and Catholic theology, and conducted spiritual retreats along with his counseling work.


President John Hancock General Accounts Association, Boston, 1969-1970, Columbia Rotary Club, 1985-1986. President General Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and Mgrs. Association, Columbia, 1974-1975, national board directors, Washington, 1975-1977.

Chairman Control Carolina Cmty. Foundation, Columbia, 1987-1989, Richland Member Hospital Center Cancer Research, Columbia, 1988-1989. Immediate past chairman Salvation Army.

Board directors MidlandsTech. College Foundation With United States Army Air Corps, 1943-1945. Member National Association Life Underwriters, Citizens Advocating Decency and Revival of Ethics (past chairman), University of Southern California Medical School Partners Foundation.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, golf, reading, traveling, hunting.


Married Ann Penniman, July 14, 1950. Children: Nena Ann, Scott Key, Elliott Edward.

Floyd Berkeley Powell

Eloise (Sadler) Powell

Ann Penniman

Nena Ann Powell

Scott Key Powell

Elliott Edward Powell