James Hugh Powers has been recognized as the senior member of the Town Meeting – first elected in 1951. The list of Town Committees on which he has willingly served are impressive, not only for their importance but for the length of assignment. For example, Home Rule Charter Committee, 1968-71. Most recently he has served as Chair of the important Special Committee on School Finance.
His contributions are many – valued and recognized. Without seeking the recognition, he has been acknowledged as an authority on many aspects of local and state government.
A prodigious writer, thoughtful analyst, and articulate presenter, he enjoys the respect of all – regardless of the forum. But a characteristic that emerges, vital in a free democratic society, is the civility that characterizes his energetic interaction in all debate or discussion. Recognizing and respectful of difference of opinion, he never personalizes the issue. The principles enunciated in our Bill of Rights are frequently demonstrated in his public and private life.
Like others being honored this evening, James Hugh Powers is not one to sit back and wait for something to happen. When he senses and sees a need in our community, he finds a way to quietly provide the solution or bring about the collective action needed.