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A local family doctor has retired after 40 years of practice.
Dr. William Powers’ last day at his office was Thursday, but he will officially retire Sunday, when a reception is scheduled in his honor.
Powers and his wife, Sondra, and their daughter, Sacha, moved to Shelbyville in November 1972, when he joined the medical practice of Dr. Ron Waldridge, who retired in July 2010.
During his years of practice, Powers was an active member of the medical staff of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, serving as a past president and on various committees.
He also served on the Shelby County Board of Education from 1976 to 1980. During his tenure on the board, Wright Elementary School was built, and the public kindergarten and gifted education programs were established.
Duanne Puckett, public relations coordinator for Shelby County Schools, said Powers served the community well during his time on the board.
“Dr. Powers served on the school board during a traditional period for the school system,” she said. “The city schools merged with the county in 1975, so he was charged, with the other board members, so mesh the two districts, educational philosophies and students/staff to develop a positive environment. His leadership is to be commended.”
Powers said that although he is looking forward to retirement, he will miss the relationship he has had with his patients over these many years.
He paused Wednesday to reflect when asked how he felt about retiring.
“Being in practice this long, you develop a kinship with your patients,” he said. “You see their children grow up and see them become grandparents. It makes you feel so much a part of the community. You just feel a strong bond with everyone. I will miss my patients and my friends, but I never lose that sense of belonging.”
Those former patients and friends are invited to the, which will be at 2 to 5 p.m. at Shelby Family Medicine, 60 Mack Walters Road in Shelbyville.