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August 28, 2009

Will Powers

Filed under: Arts, Authors, MHS press — Mary Poggione @ 8:51 am

It is with deep sorrow that we let you know that Will Powers, MHS Press Design & Production Manager, passed away Tuesday afternoon. He was vacationing at a family cabin in Canada with his wife Cheryl when he had a heart attack. Memorial arrangements have not yet been made, but we will post information once we have it. If you would like to make a charitable donation in Will’s name, here are organizations recommended by Will’s family:  Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Twin Cities Jazz Society.

During over 10 years of service at the MHS Press, Will produced beautiful books; he is known as a leader in national design and typographic organizations. He was a well-loved and respected colleague, and we feel his loss profoundly. We at MHS Press have already received hundreds of notes of support which we will send onto Will’s family. If you would like to send your sentiments to Will’s family, please send it to and we will make sure they receive it.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press also ran a wonderful article about Will today.

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  1. With sympathy on the loss of Will Powers. As a designer of many published books and book covers myself, I, like others in the design community who have designed books, can appreciate his graphic talents in a special way. In a sense, his art will live on through the legacy of the beautiful published books he designed.

    Sincerely, Patrick Redmond, M.A.,, member, AIGA Minnesota Veteran Designers committee, past president (1979-1980), and past board member, AIGA Minnesota [], the professional association for design, and past independent designer for Mid-List Press and Dos Tejedoras Fiber Arts Publications.


    Comment by Patrick Redmond — August 31, 2009 @ 6:33 am

  2. I was very sorry and shocked to hear about Will Powers. What a great publishing person, a real pro with a fine sensibility and dedication to the finer things in the biz, the sense of design and beauty in all aspects of the book. He is one of those people whose absence will be felt widely. Great thanks go to him for his work to foster the community interested in books and design. Very sad news. Deepest sympathies to his wife and family and colleagues.


    Comment by Hilary Reeves — August 31, 2009 @ 9:56 am

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