ROBERT P. POWERS Robert P. Powers, 63, died quietly at home in Santa Fe on January 2, 2016. Bob grew up in Laguna Beach, California, and as a child enjoyed spending time on his grandparents' ranch. He studied archaeology at the Universities of Arizona and New Mexico and began his career by working on excavations at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, near Santa Fe, for the School for Advanced Research in the early 1970s. He then joined the National Park Service for archaeological projects in Chaco Canyon, and in the 1980s he led NPS's major archaeological survey of Bandelier National Monument. Bob retired from NPS in 2007 as a respected researcher who particularly enjoyed mentoring younger archaeologists and encouraging collegiality in fieldwork. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Willow Roberts Powers, his sister and brother-in-law, Candace and Frank Ercoli, and his nephews, Robert, Daniel, and Christopher. Thanks go to PMS Hospice and to Evelyn, Kevin, Oliver, Phillip, and Prudence, Bob's wonderful caregivers from Coming Home Connection. Donations in Bob's memory can be made to Friends of Pecos NHP, earmarked for the Cordell Prize and mailed to PO Box 18, Pecos, NM 87552. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2016.