Albert Blythe Turner

May 12, 1941 ~ March 10, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old


 Albert Blythe Turner, 81, of Houston, Texas, died on March 10, 2023. Born May 12, 1941 in Lexington, Ky.,

Son of Wallace Blythe Turner and Mary Barbara Alexander Turner, loving husband of Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Al was raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended East High School in Denver, and the University of Redlands, Redlands, California, graduating in 1966.

He earned his Ph.d. in American history in 1967 from Duke University. His dissertation, entitled “The Origins and Development of the War Relocation Authority”  explored the consequences of the removal of Japanese-American citizens from the West Coast during World War II.  He moved to Washington D.C. in 1967 to work for Congressman Byron Rogers from Colorado’s 1st district.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Hayes Turner, and two daughters, Margaret Blythe Manske, son-in-law Frank Manske, Laura Turner Klaassen, son-in-law Sebastiaan Klaassen as well as his brother Robert Turner, sister Martha Turner Keber, and brother-in-law, Robert Keber. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Bjorn Klaassen, Abigail Klaassen, and Shannen Klaassen, all living in Nieuwerkerk aan den Issel, The Netherlands. 
Albert taught American history for several colleges, and universities, including Texas A&M Commerce,
The University of Maryland, European Division, The University of Maryland, College Park, Md., Barber Scotia College, Concord, N.C., The University of Houston, Downtown, and Lone Star College.
   He and his family moved to Houston in 1982 when he took a position with Control Data Corporation. Later he worked for Electronic Data Systems, and Sooner Office Systems.   He retired in 2000, after which the family bought a house in Salornay sur Guye, France, and enjoyed summers there until 2022. He and his family participated in Taizé Prayer at the Taizé Community in France.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  Services will be held on Sunday, March 19 at Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline St. Houston, at 3 pm. 



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