Den­tist made Cen­tral Florida smile brighter

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Trevor Fraser

Cen­tral Florida owes a debt of grat­i­tude to Dr. Neil G. Pow­ell for many of the re­gion’s bright­est smiles.

“He was an iconic mem­ber of the den­tal so­ci­ety,” friend and col­league Thomas Hand said. “He was in­flu­en­tial in how it was shaped.”

Pow­ell was not only a den­tist but an or­ga­nizer of the com­mu­nity of den­tists. The Or­lando res­i­dent died April 22 at age 93 of

COVID-19-re­lated pneu­mo­nia.

An Air Force vet­eran who fought in World War II, Pow­ell grew up in San­ford and served as pres­i­dent of the Florida

So­ci­ety of Den­tistry for Chil­dren, the Or­ange County Den­tal So­ci­ety, the Cen­tral Dis­trict Den­tal So­ci­ety and the Florida Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion. He served on the na­tional Amer­i­can Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pow­ell was also a pan­elist on the weekly talk show “Cen­tral Florida Show­case” that ran in the 1960s and ’70s. He in­ter­viewed such lu­mi­nar­ies as Richard Nixon, Walt Disney and Ed Sul­li­van.

Yet the ti­tles and po­si­tions be­lie the di­rect im­pact the Ge­or­gia na­tive had on the lives of Cen­tral Florid­i­ans.

Pow­ell

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