POWELL, David John
David John Powell, 68, of East Granby, CT, died from a tragic fall at home on November 1, 2013. His wife was present, and he did not suffer. David was born to Milton and Minnie Powell in Queens, NY, on March 22, 1945. The boy from New York married Kansas farm girl Barbara Ann Boss on August 19, 1972. They shared 42 years together working, traveling the world, laughing through hard times, and making the world a better place. David graduated from Flushing (NY) High School and received degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in counseling; The New School for Social Research in Psychology; Yale and Harvard University in Medical Ethics; and Hartford Seminary in Islamic Studies.
David's professional focus was the treatment of addictions. For 28 years he served as President/CEO of ETP, Inc., which provided employee assistance programs to 200 corporations and established the Clinical Preceptorship Program for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps worldwide. There he treated his many employees as a family, so that under his leadership ETP became a nourishing environment for all who worked there. Upon retirement, he was the founding President of the International Center for Health Concerns, through which he trained on addiction, ethics, spirituality, and men's issues in 50 states and 87 countries. He was committed to elevating the quality of addiction treatment in the U.S. and to the far corners of the earth. Among other contributions, he was pivotal in starting Alcoholics Anonymous in China, facilitated addiction counselor certification in Asia, established a treatment center for street children in Turkey, and trained hundreds of thousands of clinical supervisors around the world. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University's School of Medicine, he had the long-term goal of establishing an endowed chair on Workforce Development in the Addiction Field. The recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards, he is the author of 11 books, including Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, the standard textbook in the field.
David is known for the work he has done in addictions, yet those achievements are not what define him. His favorite job was playing the White Rabbit at the New York World's Fair, where he entertained thousands. He lived by the motto 'nothing in moderation.' He built thousands of HO model railroad buildings, travelled to 92 countries, and lined the walls with CDs. He was an accomplished trumpeter and filled life with music. His penchant for fireworks, gooey treats, and playful games was legendary, as were his impish grin and loving and caring spirit that made friends, family, and strangers worldwide smile and feel an immediate kinship.
In his achievements, he never took credit for himself; he always shared, and the world was a better place for it. He shared his light wherever he went and made people better after touching its glow. A deeply spiritual person, David wrote, "Becoming a wise man requires not only that you be a wise sage, but that you act on behalf of the well-being of others and the earth... You need to be clear what is in the best interest of others and the earth, to stand for justice and truth, to become a peacemaker on behalf of the world." David has left those around him charged with that responsibility, to not seek glory but to share it, not to stand by passively but to stand up for justice, truth, and peace.
David lives on through his loving wife Barbara, daughters Heather and Kirstin, son-in-law Ryan, sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Bill, and family and friends around the world.
The Celebration of David's life will be Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT. For memorial donation information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home of Granby has care of arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.