Past WCMS President Rhoda Powsner Passes Away


Rhoda Lee Moscovitz Powsner, MD, JD, MHSA, former President of WCMS, died in her sleep in Dedham, MA on August 21, 2014. A resident of Ann Arbor for almost 60 years, Dr. Powsner and her husband relocated to Massachusetts in 2013 to be near family. Dr. Powsner operated a cardiology practice in Ann Arbor from 1960 through 1985, when she became Chief Physician at Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters in Dearborn until her retirement. A lifelong student, and very proud of her academic achievements, she earned her undergraduate degree from Adelphi University in New York, an M.D. from Yale Medical School in 1953, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981 and then, in her retirement, a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. Active in the medical-political community in Michigan, she worked tirelessly to advance the visibility and acceptance of women in the practice of medicine. Dr. Powsner served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan State Medical Society and was a member of the Michigan delegation to the American Medical Association. She served as President of the Washtenaw County Medical Society in 1992. She served as Executive Director of the Michigan Commission on Genetic Privacy and Progress. She also was a member on the Arbitration Advisory Committee to the State Insurance Commissioner. Dr. Powsner is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dr. Edward R. Powsner, and their children and grandchildren: Seth and his wife Elizabeth Yen; Rachel and her husband Ron Gurrera and their children Arianna and Daniel; Ethan and his wife Cynthia and their children Hilary, Sarah, and Carl; and, David and his wife Susan and their children Emily, Jonathan, Abigail, and Nathaniel. There will be a private burial service for the family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 663-3375. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Michigan's University Musical Society.

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