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Myrtle in the Women Marines Walt in the Navy

Walter and Myrtle met in Santa Barbara California in 1945 at the US Maine Air Base. Myrt was serving in the Woman Marines working in the base Hospital as a dietitian. Walt was in the Navy as a corpsman attached to the Marines working in the surgical unit of the Hospital (see Courting Myrt). When Walt was sent overseas, they corresponded for nine months with love letters until they both were discharged from the military and attended college together at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They were married on December 15, 1946 followed by more studies at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Myrt had a career in education, teaching grades one through graduate school (see Curriculum Vitae). Walt served as Professor of Education and Psychology (see Curriculum Vitae).

Their first son, Wally David, was born in McMinnville, Oregon on November 24,1948, and passed away of Multiple Sclerosis on December 31, 2003. Wally was a community college instructor before becoming disabled. He was never married.

Their second son, James Lee, was born in Greeley, Colorado on December 14, 1951. He had a career as a civilian mechanical engineer in the Department of Defense for the US Navy. Jim never married. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack on April 24, 2009.

Their third son, Thomas Dean, was born in Boulder, Colorado on March 24, 1954. He has one son and three daughters, and two grandsons and two granddaughters. His career has been as a School Psychologist.

Curriculum Vitae

Myrtle M. Powers:

Myrtle, 1972


1942       Teaching Certificate: Oregon College of Education, Monmouth, Oregon 1946       B.S. Oregon College of Education, Monmouth, Oregon 1947       M.A. Baylor University, Waco, Texas


1942–1943      Gilbert School, Portland, Oregon 1943–1945       U.S. Women Marines. U.S. Marine Corps Base, New River Marine Base, North Carolina; Navy Air Base Atlanta, Georgia; Marine Air Base , Santa Barbara, California 1947-1948       Junior High School, McMinnville, Oregon: Teacher–6th grade 1949-1951       Jefferson High School, Portland, Oregon: Teacher–Developmental English 1952-1953       Loiusville School District, Colorado: Substitute Teacher–Grades 1-12 1954-1978       Cheney Washington School District, Washington: Elementary Teacher– Grades 2-6 plus Music & Art. 1962-1963       Kyungbuk University, Taegu Korea: Graduate, English as Second Language 1962-1963       American Dependent School, Taegue, Korea: Teacher–Grade 2

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Walter L. Powers

Walt Carrying the TorchGetting Degree


Baylor University Waco, Texas –1943 B.A. Linfield College, McMinnville Oregon -1949 M.A. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley-1952 Ed.D, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley-1956 Post Doctoral- Tavistock Institute, London England (1977)


1995-present Professor Emeritus of Applied Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington 1954-1995 (41 yrs.) Professor of Applied Psychology 1968-1971 Chairman of Psychology and Applied Psychology 1976-1982 Specialist in Counselor Education to the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea under contract with US agency International Development and Peabody College 1961-1962 Distinguished Guibenkin Professor and Fullbright Professor Keele University, England, and Lecturer at Oxford and Wales University "Interpersonal Relations Seminars" conducted in conjunction with EWU and the US Air Force:

Anderson AFB, (Guam) 1988, 1985, 1983; Rheinnmain AFB (Germany) 1975, 1977, 1975; Torrejorn AFB (Spain) 1978, 1975; Osan AFB (Korea) 1976, 1975, 1974, 1972; Ramstein AFB (Germany) 1975; Clark AFB (Philippines) 1974; Kadena AFB (Okinawa) 1974, 1972; Yokota AFB, (Japan) 1978, 1973; Bangkok AFB (Thailand) 1974; Tapoa AFB (Thailand) 1974; Kunsan AFB (Korea) 1971, 1974; CCK AFB (Taiwan) 1973; Hickam AFB (Hawaii) 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980;

Visiting Professor: Kalinin University, Russia, (1990); Stellenbosh University (South Africa) 1995; Shanghai Institute, China, 1987. 1952-1954 Principal, Louisville High School, Colorado. 1949-1951 Classroom Teacher, Portland Oregon, Public Schools.

Appointments, Honors and Awards

Diplomat; International Academy of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Phi Delta Kappa. Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Gamma Mu, Psi Chi. The Administrators' Education and Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, the Veterans Administration , Washington D.C.- a statutory Committee of Congress for national policy recommendations on the G.I. Bill

Publications and Presentations

Powers, Walt. Author or contributor to six books, forty published papers, research, and presentations at Seminars, Conferences, National and International Congresses.

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association (Life), American Educational Association (Life), American Counseling Association (past officer), Washington Counselors Association (past President). International Counseling Association (Past Board Member).

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