Former Mason Vice President Passes Away

Posted: January 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

Martha A. Turnage, vice president for university relations from 1978-84, died on Jan. 5. She was 87. For the past 10 years, Turnage lived in Williamsburg, Va.

Turnage had been a homemaker until her husband’s death in 1968. After his passing, she returned to school and earned a master’s degree in sociology from the College of William and Mary. She then held several positions in Virginia community colleges – Virginia Highlands, Mountain Empire and J. Sargeant Reynolds – before joining Mason.

After leaving Mason, Turnage took a position as vice president at Ohio University. She retired in 1992 and moved back to this area, settling in Annapolis, Md., prior to her move to a senior living community in Williamsburg.

Turnage is survived by two daughters, Sherrod Sturrock and Barbara Popovic; two sons, James Turnage and Charles Turnage; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Raleigh, N.C. Turnage requested that memorial donations be made to the scholarship fund she established to help women returning to school to further their education: MECC Foundation for the “Dr. Martha Turnage Scholarship Fund,” 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.

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