Dorothy Powers, J-School alum, passes away

School of Journalism graduate and industry pioneer Dorothy Rochon Powers passed away early Saturday.  She was 93.
 
Powers attend the UM School of Journalism in the early 1940s.  She was told to switch her major because “girls” were not meant to be journalists.  However, she went on to become the news editor of the Kaimin and in her senior year applied for jobs at three newspapers. 
 
The Spokesman-Review sent her a telegram to “come at once.”  World War II was underway, and many men had left the profession to fight.  She arrived in Spokane on June 10, 1943. 
 
Powers had a successful four-decade career at The Spokesman Review that included covering various beats and becoming editorial page editor in 1977. 
 
Powers won numerous awards, including the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for Newspaper Writing.  She also broke down walls for women struggling to enter journalism. 
 
When she retired in 1988 she went on to write two books.
 
Powers has continued to contribute to the School of Journalism and will have a lasting legacy through two scholarships. 
 
The C.G. Rochon Scholarship in her father’s honor for an incoming freshman studying journalism from Anaconda High School. The Dorothy Rochon Powers Scholarship was established by Cowles Publishing Company, the owner of the Spokesman Review, in 1988 to honor her work to The Spokesman. 
 
Powers also donated to the Don Anderson Hall Building Fund and named a room in honor of her father.  The "C. G. Rochon Room" is located on the third floor of  the UM Journalism School building.

- posted on 10/21/14 -