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Dr. Dennis Clinton Turner


Dennis Clinton Turner died peacefully in his sleep on May 20, 2013, at the age of 70, after a three-year effort to live as well as possible in the face of cancer. Dr. Marshall Turner and Mrs. Winifred Turner, adopted Dennis at birth and he was later adored by his step-mother Mrs. Mabel Turner, all of whom pre-deceased him.

Dennis attended Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude. He graduated from medical school at The College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, completed a psychiatric residency at the Langley Porter Institute, University of California, San Francisco, and analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He enjoyed a fulfilling career as a Jungian Analyst and as a member of the Jung Institute.

Dennis was an active member of the community of St. John the Evangelist. which was notable for its inclusion of many LGBT worshippers at a time when many churches rejected worshippers who were openly gay or lesbian.

Dennis supported many charities that were invovlved with various causes: including the enviornment, music, and politics. He was fiercely loyal to his friends and his political beliefs.

In his biography in the Harvard 45th class reunion he wrote, "I now find that my life is full to overflowing with the love of friends, and I am deeply grateful for this." Those many friends will truly miss him.

Dennis is survived by his sister Trudy Turner of Joseph, Oregon, and his nephew Clinton Lion.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on June 8, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Charitable donations can be made to San Francisco Performances, Friends of the Urban Forest, St. John's Episcopal church, the International student program at the C.J. Jung institute or the SF. Food Bank.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 2, 2013
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