Counseling and guidance were two common themes that characterized the career of Marguerite R. Turner, RIJC’s first academic dean. She joined the college in its infancy in 1964 and was appointed vice president of academic affairs six years later, a position she held until her retirement in 1976. The college inducted her to its Hall of Fame in 1994.
Turner’s career in education included teaching and guidance positions in the Warwick school system and at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) and Rhode Island College. She also held a position at the War Department in Washington, D.C. from 1942-45.
While studying mathematics and education at Pembroke, now Brown University, Turner was an Elisha Benjamin Andrews Scholar, a Pembroke Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown and a Ph.D. from UCONN. She also studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Smith Scholar and was a member of Pi Lambda Theta honor society.
She passed away on Feb. 27, 2012, at the age of 93.