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Charles Thelin Turner ’40

Published in May 20, 1998, issue

On Feb. 10, 1998, Baltimorean Charles "Bucky" Turner, a loyal, enthusiastic, and supportive classmate, died at his home. Classmates Jack King, Ridge Melvin, Beau Pearre, and Harry Turner attended his services. Bucky entered Princeton with the Gilman School group, earned engineering honors, and joined Charter Club. He was a superb lacrosse player -- varsity captain and AllAmerica goalie. During WWII, Bucky was a naval gunnery officer with the rank of lieutenant. Our class president from 196165, he provided the necessary leadership for our 25th reunion.

Initially an engineer with Koppers Co., Bucky joined the family's Flynn & Emerich Co., where he patented several machinery innovations. Later he was with WardTurner Co. In 1970 he became a travel agent, organizing many trips for his Maryland friends and classmates. Bucky was active in the Maryland Society of Colonial Wars, on the Kernan Hospital Board, and as past president of the Maryland Churchman's Club and the Princeton Alumni Assn. of Maryland.

He is survived by his loving wife Peggy, four daughters, three sons, 13 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. All have our sincere sympathy. Bucky's roommate, Billy Lynn, has characterized him best: "He had a sparkle like the end of a fuse which would explode with excitement and fun." Farewell, Bucky, we will miss you.

The Class of 1940

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