Christy Gentry Turner II

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Turner II, Christy Gentry
Regents' Professor Emeritus Christy G. Turner II, 79, passed away at home on July 27, 2013, in Tempe, Arizona. He was born in Columbia, Missouri, on November 28, 1933, to Christy G. Turner, Sr. and Katherine Metz Turner. He graduated from Van Nuys High School, CA. He received his BA and MA from the University of Arizona (1957, 1958), and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin (1967). His early career began at the Museum of Northern Arizona and later he was appointed a Museum Fellow. He was a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University for 40 years. His decades of ground breaking research in multiple fields are known to anthropologists, physical anthropologists, and archaeologists all over the world. Just recently, he saw the completion of his book "Animal Teeth and Human Tools." Christy was preceded in death by Jacqueline Adams Turner, his beloved wife of nearly 40 years. He is survived by their three daughters, Kali Holtschlag (Michael), Kimi Turner, and Korri Turner (John Rockhill); grandchildren Kalen, Mason, Amethyst, and Courtney; his sister Karen Snipes (Roger), nephews William and Duane, niece Kathy, and many cousins and family friends. He also leaves behind his dear wife, Olga V. Pavlova and her two daughters. Traditional Russian Panikhidas are being held in Novosibirsk. An Arizona memorial service is being planned for the Fall, please contact for details. Final interment will be held privately in Benson, AZ. Christy's sharp wit, sense of humor, and high professional standards will be missed.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 4, 2013
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