Paul Benoit called to report the passing of one the members of our community, Harry Turner. A quick check of the USCF site showed that Harry was 'inactive' and had not played 'A.C.' (after computers). His last published rating was 1702. Any information on Mr Turner would be greatly appreciated.
The obituary from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution:
News Obituary ArticleACWORTH: Harry Turner, helped smart kids help themselvesBy RICK BADIE
Harry Turner was a great student in grad school. That hadn't always been the case.
"He was kind of bored by school," said his wife, Faith Waldron Turner of Acworth.
Mr. Turner made a career out of working with kids who mirrored him --- smart but disengaged in their elementary and high school years. He became known for his work with bright underachievers as a school psychologist for DeKalb County Schools.
"He worked with a lot of the alternative students," his wife said. "He thought that many of them weren't sufficiently challenged, like he had been in high school. He felt that children put in [group settings] could help one another better than an adult."
Harry Milburn Turner, 78, of Acworth died Monday. The funeral is noon today at St. Teresa Episcopal Church in Acworth. Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Park is in charge.
Dr. Turner earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Georgia and went to work for DeKalb's public schools. The Atlanta native and ex-Marine wrote a manual for schools that dealt with suicidal teenagers. He retired in 1987. Dr. Turner volunteered at a summer program for disadvantaged children at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs. A master chess player, he recently taught the game at the Paulding County Boys and Girls Club in Dallas.
"He started out teaching one child and ended up with 21," said Marvin McGill, the club's program director. "He had quite an impact on the children. What he taught will be with them a long time."
Other survivors include two sons, Hal Turner of Athens and Roger Dilworth of Dacula; three daughters, Theresa Waldron of Marietta, Mary Beasley of Augusta and Anne Pitts of Acworth; and five grandchildren.