Will Powers, was the design and production manager at the Minnesota Historical Press in St. Paul for the past 11 years. He passed away recently. You can read his obituary here. He was respected throughout the local and national publishing community. Last night at Open Book a memorial service was held for Powers with family and colleagues speaking about his importance in their personal and professional lives. Powers loved jazz and between speakers Butch Thompson played jazz piano selections, and ended with a clarinet piece. After the memorial wine was served while the crowd celebrated Powers' life and viewed selections of his design and printing work on display.
In my brief professional contact with Powers I knew he cared passionately about his work and the details of his craft. It is inspiring to see the impact such individuals have on the community.
You can read another obituary here.