Obituary: Marshall Turner, 90, A Pioneer in the World of
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Marshall S. Turner Jr., one of just three individuals
who have served as director of
Johns Hopkins since 1950, died on April 12 after a lengthy
illness. Turner, who had recently turned 90, came to the
Homewood campus in 1946 as an assistant football,
basketball and lacrosse coach and served as the director of
Athletics from 1950 until 1973. He retired in 1981.
In his tenure as director, Turner was instrumental in
the growth of the Johns Hopkins athletic program as the
school added several men's varsity sports and began the
process of adding a full range of women's sports. He also
spearheaded the 1964 fundraising efforts for the
construction of the Newton White Athletic Center.
A pioneer in the world of college athletics, Turner
was active on many national committees, serving terms as
president of the National Association of Collegiate
Directors of Athletics, the United States Intercollegiate
Lacrosse Association and the Mason Dixon Conference. He
also was a member of the executive committee of the NCAA
and was for 21 years the secretary-treasurer of the Middle
Atlantic Conference. In 1964, he was awarded the C.
Markland Kelly Award for his outstanding contribution to
athletics in the state of Maryland.
"This is a tremendous loss for Johns Hopkins
University and those of us who were fortunate enough to
know and work with Marshall," said Bob Scott, who succeeded
Turner as director of Athletics. "His involvement at the
national level with the NCAA, NACDA and the USILA helped
put the Johns Hopkins name on the map in the world of
intercollegiate athletics. His impact on the history of
Johns Hopkins University cannot be overstated."
A 1937 graduate of the University of the South, Turner
lettered in football, basketball and track and was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa as a history major. He served as a
teacher and coach at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville,
Md., for two years before joining Johns Hopkins.
Turner was born in Terre Haute, Ind., on Feb. 19,
1916. He is survived by his wife, the former Lois Greth
Hall, whom he married in 1963. The Turners enjoyed spending
the winter months after his retirement on St. Simon's
Island, Ga., where they shared their passion for playing
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
April 23, in Homewood's Hodson Hall.
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