In Memorium: Ronald D. Powell

I received the following message this evening. Ron is gone…and I feel diminished.

Jayne Defrancesco
Mon, Nov 6 at 8:56 PM

Jayne Defrancesco

Sadly one of the contributors and author Ron Powell passed away on Sept 25 this year.

Ronald D. Powell, 77, passed away on September 25, 2023 in Atlantic City, NJ after a brief illness. Ron, as he was called by friends and family, was born on August 18, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas to Mitchell Dale-Ward Powell and Mary Magdalene Powell. He spent most of his life living in Connecticut. He graduated from Wilbur Cross High School
in 1964, earned a BA degree from Howard University in 1968 and JD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1971. He was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship following his graduation from law school and worked as a community legal advocate in the legal services offices in New Britain and New Haven. Ron served his country in the U. S. Air Force from 1972-1973 and was honorably discharged at the rank of 1st Lieutenant. During his career as a teaching attorney, he was the director of the African American cultural centers at both Yale University and the University of
Connecticut. He was also a Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Hartford where he created the Connecticut Legislative Internship Program. He also established the Executive Branch Internship for undergraduate students at the State Capitol in Hartford. During this time, he produced and hosted a TV program called “Black Prospective” which aired weekly on the NBC affiliate located in Hartford as part of their public service broadcasting. Ron authored a book and blog entitled “Talking to the Wall” at and was the author of nine of the top ten most read political posts at the website. Ron retired from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ where he taught “Media Law and Ethics” and “Mass Communications”. He was a keyboard performer for 45 years. He played piano solos each Sunday at the Capriccio Restaurant in the Resorts Casino. He was also an avid collector and historian of recorded jazz. He is survived by his son Ronald and brothers Martin and Wesley and nephew Michael Powell, niece Vanessa Bear and grandnephews Be
ntley and Andre Bear. He also leaves a friend of 20 years Jayne W. DeFrancesco. Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery in Mays Landing, NJ. Arrangements by and condolences at

I sent the following to his friend Jayne:

Thank you very much for sharing this sad news with us. Earlier today, I posted a comment that included a question about whether anyone had any news about Ron.  We knew that he was ill, but we didn’t have any further information. 

Ron was a mainstay for BindleSnitch. As a matter of fact, he was one of the main reasons that I have been keeping Bindlesnitch open since he was our most prolific contributor. I knew Ron from Open Salon and he is one of the few people left from that crew that I’ve stayed in touch with. 

You have my deepest condolences. It should go without saying that we will miss him…because we have already been missing him. I would have wanted to hear his opinions about what is going on right now in the Middle East.

Alan M. Milner  
I have redacted Jayne’s email address. If you wish to send condolences, contact me by email and I will send you her email address.