Norwich University alumni honor couple for decades of service

(l-r) Charles Holden, Ann and George Turner, President Schneider during plaque award on the ice
(l-r) Charles Holden, Ann and George Turner, President Schneider

Arena entry named after beloved members of university community

In a ceremony held at Kreitzberg Arena on Friday, January 17, 2003, representatives of the Norwich University Class of 1967 and President Richard W. Schneider unveiled a plaque honoring George and Ann Turner of Northfield, VT. The plaque will hang in the newly named Turner entryway at the arena, named in honor of the couple for their contributions to the University and longtime support of Norwich athletics.

Professor George Turner came to Norwich in 1959 as a member of the university's English department. During his tenure at Norwich, he was instrumental in the development of courses on military literature and literature of the sea. Prof. Turner later served as Director of Public Relations and Sports Information Director. He became a Professor Emeritus of English in 1991.

Ann and George Turner
Ann and George Turner

Ann Turner came to Norwich in 1965 as the reference librarian for the university. She became the university's head librarian in 1974. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Norwich University Library (FONUL), an organization that remains actively involved in events at the library and across campus. Mrs. Turner was also instrumental in creating the fall Rook Dining Out, an annual event aimed to ease the stress of the freshman experience by welcoming students into the homes of university faculty and staff. She became Librarian Emerita in 1990.

Although both are officially retired, the Turners continue to work closely with the university. Mrs. Turner is on the board of the Friends of the Norwich University Library, and Prof. Turner has taught one freshman English course every year since his retirement.

dmudgett@norwich.edu, January 2003

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