(1885 – 1964)
Victor Turner was born in Crawfordville, Georgia, on March 18, 1885. His early childhood was spent in his hometown of Crawfordville, where he completed grade school and high school.
Mr. Turner graduated from the Atlanta Baptist College, which is now Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University, obtaining Master’s degrees from both institutions.
For years, Turner taught agriculture at Tuskegee Institute, Jackson College, Alabama A&M, and Fort Valley College. During his tenure at Tuskegee, he served in the Agriculture Extension Service on the state and local levels.
Mr. Turner cultivated his love for agriculture with his two sons during their 4-H Club days. He “guided us through the selection, grading, feeding, grooming, and documenting the raising of our Hereford and Angus steers for competition at the State level. Through our combined efforts, my brother won second place in state, and I finished third,” says son Bill.
Victor Turner was a caring, loving, faithful, and kind person. He taught the meaning of devotion and dedication to any job or task. His sense of responsibility to home, family, and job was a great example to all who knew him.
Mr. Turner enjoyed teaching and exchanging ideas with Ag students on the current theories and concepts of ‘modern’ agriculture. He always came home with tales of the progress being made in the fields. He loved the soil and enjoyed planting and growing different foods. He knew how to keep food on the table.
For the life completely devoted to furthering agriculture and improving the plight of farmers, the name Victor C. Turner is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 284