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NTER 2014
Colleagues and former
students of Jim Turner will remember
a kind-hearted, dedicated pharmacist, professor and student
advocate. A 1949 Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
alumnus, Jim practiced as a pharmacist throughout Michigan for
16 years before returning to teach Pharmacy Practice at his alma
mater, where he ultimately became associate dean of Student
Academic Affairs.
Fellow Big Rapids community members will remember Jim
as an active volunteer who chaired the Survivor’s Walk for the
American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Mecosta County
for 10 years and gave generously of his time delivering Meals
on Wheels for the Mecosta County Senior Center.
After Jim peacefully passed away at home at age 85 in February
2013, his wife, Wanda, thought of how he might want to be
remembered. Upon his retirement, the College of Pharmacy had
honored Jim with the Clark A. Andreson Award, of which he was
very proud — it recognized him for his remarkable advocacy and
care for students during his tenure as associate dean.
Wanda, herself a professor emerita of Ferris’ College of Business,
thought it fitting to further Jim’s legacy of helping Ferris students
by establishing the James B. Turner Endowed Scholarship for
Pharmacy students.
“Establishment of the scholarship supports Jim’s dual passion
for pharmacy and the College of Pharmacy’s students,” Wanda
said. “Jim’s lifelong career in pharmacy will be continued through
those students receiving the scholarship.”
Provided annually to at least one full-time graduate student
majoring in Pharmacy, the scholarship will help students
with tuition costs. It is awarded by the College of Pharmacy’s
scholarship selection committee and may be renewed in
subsequent academic years for eligible recipients.
“I think this is about the best thing I could have done to
remember Jim’s legacy,” added Wanda.
For more information about scholarships and endowments, visit
Memorial Scholarship Carries on Jim Turner’s
Legacy at Ferris
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