Wil­liam F. Turner, chem­i­cal firm ex­ec­u­tive

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Wil­liam F. Turner, a re­tired chem­i­cal com­pany ex­ec­u­tive who was a highly dec­o­rated World War II vet­eran and an artist whose pen-and-ink draw­ings chron­i­cled Har­ford County scenes, died Thurs­day of heart fail­ure at his Churchville home. He was 91. The son of Wil­liam F. Turner Jr., a Con Edi­son per­son­nel worker, and Sarah Bev­er­ley Turner, a homemaker, Wil­liam Fisher Turner was born and raised in Brook­lyn, N.Y., where he grad­u­ated in 1942 from Erasmus Hall High School.

He stud­ied for one se­mes­ter at Clem­son Univer­sity be­fore en­list­ing in the Army. After study­ing at The Citadel, the Mil­i­tary Col­lege of South Carolina, he joined the 95th In­fantry Divi­sion of Gen. Ge­orge S. Pat­ton Jr.’s 3rd Army.

As a com­bat in­fantry­man, Mr. Turner fought in the Bat­tle of Metz, France. His dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded the Sil­ver Star for gal­lantry in ac­tion, three Bronze Stars and the Com­bat In­fantry Badge.

“He was a bazook­man who stood 6 feet 4,” said his wife of 38 years, Pa­tri­cia Richards, a re­tired Baltimore County public schools psy­chol­o­gist.

“He re­ceived the Sil­ver Star after he dragged a wounded buddy to safety while un­der fire.”

After be­ing dis­charged at war’s end, Mr. Turner en­rolled at Rut­gers Univer­sity, where he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in agron­omy in 1949.

Mr. Turner worked in sales and man­age­ment for Kerr-McGee Corp. and re­tired after a 35-year ca­reer in 1987 from suc­ces­sor Agrico Co.

In 1987 he be­gan draw­ing Har­ford County scenes that were pub­lished in The Baltimore Sun’s old Har­ford County zone edi­tion un­til its dis­con­tin­u­a­tion in 1995.

He com­piled a fo­lio of more than 375 draw­ings that were ex­hib­ited in art shows as far west as Chicago and in Ger­many. His work was also fea­tured in ex­hi­bi­tions at Baltimore’s World Trade Cen­ter, the State House in An­napo­lis and at the Johns Hopkins Univer­sity School of Medicine.

A high­light, fam­ily mem­bers said, was when prints of his work were pre­sented to Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore when they vis­ited Havre de Grace on Earth Day in 1995.

Mr. Turner and his wife col­lab­o­rated on the pub­li­ca­tion in 1997 of “Pic­turesque Har­ford County.” She wrote the text.

He was a mem­ber of the Har­ford Artists’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Mary­land Art League and the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil.

Mr. Turner was a mem­ber of the Rolling Green Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and the Churchville Ru­ri­tan Club, and for 25 years pro­duced cal­en­dars for the club fea­tur­ing his prints of Har­ford County.

Money raised from sales of the cal­en­dars sup­ported a num­ber of county or­ga­ni­za­tions.

He was a mem­ber of the Churchville Pres­by­te­rian Church, where he taught Sun­day school and was a trus­tee and el­der. He also es­tab­lished the Peace and Jus­tice Com­mit­tee at the church and chaired the com­mit­tee at the pres­bytery level.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. to­day at his church, 2844 Churchville Road.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, Mr. Turner is sur­vived by his son, James A. Turner of El­li­cott City; three daugh­ters, Michelle Gar­ren of Hy­attsville, Karen Welch of Birm­ing­ham, Ala., and Jane B. Turner of Glen­view, Ill.; a sis­ter, Bev­er­ley Plyer of Guil­ford, Conn.; and four grand­chil­dren.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.