LONGVIEW — Services for Anne Dean Turk, 88, of Longview, will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, with Dr. Roy James and the Rev. Mike Schutz officiating, under direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.
Mrs. Turk was born May 13, 1924, in Longview, Texas, to W.C. and Mary Dean, and died November 1, 2012.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 64 years, John W. Turk.
Mrs. Turk graduated from Longview High School in 1940 as one of the 10 honor graduates and member of the National Honor Society. She attended Kilgore College from 1940-41 and graduated from the University of Texas
in 1944 with a Bachelor of Music degree. She attended Piano Pedagogy Classes at Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She studied piano with Edwin Hughes at Winthrop College in Rockhill, South Carolina, and in New York City, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree in 1952.
Mrs. Turk taught piano and music theory from 1945-46 at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. She also taught piano theory and piano ensemble courses as a member or the faculty at Kilgore College from 1946-82.
Mrs. Turk had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Longview since 1930 and served on the music committee and was chairwoman from 1962-71.
She served as a member of the board of directors of the Longview Symphony League from 1970-80, as secretary of the board from 1972-74 and as chairman of Piano Concerto Contest at Kilgore College.
She was the regional representative for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra from 1969-71, member of the board of directors of the Longview Civic Music Association and served as vice-president from 1973-74.
She was a member of the Kilgore Music Club and the Longview Music Club, member of the Longview Piano Teacher's Association since it was founded in 1966, served as president from 1990-92 and was emeritus member of the association.
She was a member of the American College of Musicians since 1960 and a member of the board of judges. Mrs. Turk judged and evaluated piano students throughout the United States, including Washington, D.C. and New York City, for the National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1962.
She presented piano workshops and master classes in the area and judged many festivals and competitions, and performed with the Longview Symphony Orchestra, East Texas State University Symphony and Kilgore College Concerto Orchestra.
At Kilgore College, she organized and directed the Bach Piano Festival that brought some 350 piano students onto the campus yearly plus instituted a piano concerto program at Kilgore College, accompanying her students at a second piano.
In 1970, a grant was secured for a small orchestra of professional musicians to accompany the piano soloist, and so was born a new tradition unmatched by most other two-year colleges, that of affording piano students the opportunity to perform with the orchestra in a public concert.
Mrs. Turk started the practice of bringing to Kilgore College, twice annually, nationally accredited pianists and workshop specialists to instruct their piano teachers free of charge and to present public concerts with the workshop.
In 1981, she received the prestigious "Piper Professor of 1981" from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation to recognize outstanding college and university teachers in Texas.
Mrs. Turk retired from Kilgore College in 1982 and on December 9, 1989, the Applied Arts Building on the Kilgore College campus was renamed the "Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center."
Mrs. Turk, named "Woman of the Year by the Longview Federated Clubs of 1992-93, was also a member of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival board of trustees, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was on the education committee of the festival.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Fredonia St., Longview, TX 75601, or to the organization of your choice.