Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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William Power

Born: 1946

Died: 1/24/2013

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

William Lloyd “Bill” Power, MD, passed away on Jan. 24, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., from complications due to a stroke. He was born in 1947, in Sherman, Texas, the son of the late William H. and Mary Adeline Boland Power. He was the grandson of Elizabeth Turnbull Boland, an original enrollee, and John L. Boland of Caddo. Bill was valedictorian at McAlester High School in 1965. He attended Oklahoma State University studying engineering and pre-med until he was accepted by Oklahoma University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1972. He was at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., until he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Health Service. He served as a general practitioner on the Alamo Reservation, N.M., from 1973-1975, and at the Albuquerque Indian Hospital from 1979-1984. He became chief of medical staff at both places. He went into private practice with Neurology Consultants, Ltd., in 1984, until health issues forced him to retire in 1998. Bill and his wife of 40 years, Kathleen Breenan, were avid cyclists and went on several long distance cycling trips. They enjoyed outdoor activities of all varieties including cross-country skiing, hiking and sailing. Bill was also a photographer and musician. He converted a small bathroom at his home into a darkroom and spent several years developing black and white photographs. A musician since childhood, he played piano, clarinet, guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; daughters, Celeste and Corina; brothers, Jim with wife Marsha of Kansas, and John of Chicago; as well as numerous Choctaw cousins in Oklahoma and Texas.