Pi Kappa Alpha Mourns the Passing of Past International President Thomas J. Turner

Turner's service to the Fraternity spanned 50 years.
Tommy Turner

Tommy Turner (Texas Tech, Epsilon Gamma '67) gave over 50 years of dedicated service to Pi Kappa Alpha.

MEMPHIS, TN - Pi Kappa Alpha lost one of its true servants with the passing of Thomas J. Turner (Texas Tech, Epsilon Gamma ’67) on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Brother Turner’s legacy is one of leadership, vision, and generosity.

During his years at Epsilon Gamma Chapter, Tommy served the chapter as homecoming chairman, social chairman, recruitment chairman, new member educator, vice president and was later recognized by the chapter as president emeritus. After graduation, he entered the Baylor University School of Law and went on to a distinguished career in the legal profession.

Since his initiation in 1967, Pi Kappa Alpha has continuously benefited from Tommy’s leadership and talents. His commitment included service as chapter advisor to Epsilon Gamma Chapter, long-term service to the chapter’s house corporation, and service as Lone Star Regional President from 1977-80.

Brother Turner applied his legal talents to assist the Fraternity from 1980-84, serving two terms as legal counsel to the Supreme Council. In 1984, he was elected national vice president and in 1988, at the conclusion of his second term as vice president, he became a trustee of the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation from 1988-92 and 1998-99. Tommy served on three Convention Nominating Committees, acting as chairman for two (1998 and 2008). He also served on the International Alumni Commission from 1998-2006.
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Tommy Turner prior to receiving the 2007 Loyalty Award at the 2007 Academy. (from left: Shad Williams, Kevin Virta, Turner, Patrick A. Talley, and Rick Burt.

Brother Turner was elected national president at the 1992 Phoenix Convention. He recalled his election as a milestone event and went on to promote a platform of alumni involvement, membership development, and recruitment. He received the Fraternity’s Loyalty Award in 2007, recognizing his distinguished and unselfish lifetime of service. He was recently recognized as a member of the Fraternity’s Gold Chapter commemorating 50 years of membership in Pi Kappa Alpha. Tommy was a member of the Foundation’s Junior Founders Society and the President’s Council, and he was administrator of the Gary Welch Scholarship.

Pi Kappa Alpha was a family affair for Brother Turner. His brother Jay ’72 and brother-in-law, Grant Carthey ’73, are both brothers in the bonds. Tommy’s son, TJ, was initiated by Epsilon Gamma Chapter in 1997.

Professionally, Brother Turner was partner in the law firm of Turner & Jordan, recently retiring from practice.

Tommy was preceded in passing by his loving wife of 45 years, Lou Pat Turner. He is survived by his son TJ Turner and daughter Lisa Turner Stevens.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tommy Turner Lone Star Leadership Fund.

For more information contact the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation at (901) 748-1948 or pikeinfo@pikes.org