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    ASBMR Mourns the Loss of a Colleague and Friend

    Date: July 19, 2010
    It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Dr. Charles H. Turner who died peacefully at home on July 16, 2010, surrounded by his family.

    Dr. Turner was a Chancellor’s Professor and Associate Director within the Department of Biomedical Engineering (Purdue) on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, and held a joint appointment within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he was Director of Orthopaedic Research.

    Dr. Turner was one of the early leaders in developing the field of Bone Biomechanics, a key research area of our Society. During his distinguished career, Dr. Turner won numerous awards including the ASBMR Fuller Albright Award in 2001 and served as an expert consultant for many government agencies, including: the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Research Council, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Swiss National Science Foundation, Austrian Science Fund, Israel Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust (England).

    Throughout his career, Dr. Turner showed dedication to the training of young engineers and scientists at all levels. Many of these individuals were awarded prestigious young investigator awards while under Dr. Turner’s tutelage and have since gone on to successful careers in academia and industry.

    Dr. Turner was a faithful and devoted father to his two children, Jeff and Emily; son to his parents, Bob and Mary Turner; sibling to his brothers, Robert and David, and sister, Anne Marie Puglisi; and uncle to his nieces and nephews, Robert, II, Jean Marie, Elizabeth, Grace, Jonathon, and Victoria Turner, all of whom survive him.

    A funeral service for Dr. Turner will be held on Tuesday, July 20th at 10 a.m. at the Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, with a gathering afterwards. In lieu of flowers, and to honor his memory, the family would like contributions to be made to the Charles H. Turner Young Investigator Bone Research Award. This award will be presented annually to a pre-doctoral student or post-doctoral fellow on the IUPUI campus who will present their bone-related research at an annual meeting. Donations can be made online or via mail.