Brigham and Women’s Hospital mourns the loss of Robin Powell, an administrative assistant in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, who died Sept. 12. She was 62.
Ms. Powell joined the Brigham community in 2009, providing administrative support for Anthony Massaro, MD, director of the Medical ICU (MICU), and the division’s broader operations. With a diverse range of responsibilities, Ms. Powell assisted with scheduling appointments and meetings, organizing conferences and other events, helping submit grant proposals, maintaining MICU coverage schedules, and more.
Widely respected for her ability to solve any problem and beloved for her caring and kind spirit, Ms. Powell is remembered by her colleagues for her devotion to the division.
“Robin’s contributions to the division were vast, and she was a loyal friend to many,” shared Bruce Levy, MD, chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hilary Goldberg, MD, clinical director, and KC Peoples, senior administrative director, in a joint message to the division. “She will be remembered as a dedicated and highly capable team member, someone who would move mountains to achieve positive results. We will miss Robin profoundly, but her impact on all of us will survive for many years.”
Colleagues spoke of Ms. Powell’s steadfast commitment to helping others and the heartfelt approach that defined her every interaction.
“Robin was a team player and problem solver who was always willing to help anyone,” said Jacqueline Rodriguez-Louis, MPH, M.Ed., program coordinator for the Partners Asthma Center. “She was somebody whom anyone could count on.”
Massaro agreed. “Robin was a remarkable and kind-hearted person. Her dedication and administrative skill provided expert support of MICU physician scheduling and education. She had an enormously positive impact on the MICU, our department and the hospital as a whole,” he said.
“In this life, we all have a choice to affect lives in different ways — Robin’s choice was always positive,” remembered Nancy Beattie, senior credentialing administrator for the division. “She had the ability to bring calm, humor and sensitivity to any situation, and she had an innate ability to know which of these fit and when to share. Robin paid attention and offered advice without being intrusive. If there was a job to be done, she did it, and she did it quietly without the expectation of accolades.”
Ms. Powell was more than a colleague and brought joy to all those around her.
Rodriguez-Louis remembered Ms. Powell as “an amazing co-worker and an even better friend” who had a profound impact on the Brigham community.
“Everyone knew Robin. People adored her. She was still in touch with colleagues who left the division years ago. Robin was a fantastic individual, and we will all miss her so much,” she said. “She was a happy-go-lucky person who took her light everywhere she went.”
Added Beattie: “Hearing of her passing broke my heart, and I will never forget her and the huge impact she’s had on my life, both professionally and personally. Robin was more than my officemate; she was my friend.”