In Memoriam: Ralph W. Turner, 1937-2017

Ralph W. Turner, the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida A&M, died on December 26 while visiting family in Philadelphia. He was 80 years old.

Dr. Turner joined the faculty at Florida A&M University in 1967 as an associate professor of chemistry. He became dean in 2008 and served in that role until 2012. He served on the faculty at the university for a half century, most recently as the 3D Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Turner held a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.


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  1. William McHenry says:

    Dr. Turner was a great friend to all students. He was committed to excellence and to ensuring that all students were provided opportunities to succeed. I met him first as he served as a Co-PI with the LSAMP program. His creativity, concern and careful thought provided the fuel that helped FAMU grow. He will be missed!

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