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Sun, 11.01.1885

John P. Turner, Doctor born

John P. Turner

*John P. Turner was born on this date in 1885.  He was a Black doctor. 

John Patrick Turner was born in Raleigh, NC., the son of Jesse Edward and Virginia Turner.  He attended public schools in Raleigh and NYC public school number 60 after the family moved north.  At age 17 he enrolled at Shaw University medical school graduating in 1906.  In 1908, he married Marion C. Harris of Washington DC., they had a daughter Marion Virginia

After graduation he started his residency at Douglass Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  In 1912, he was appointed medical inspector for public schools in Philadelphia, a position he held for 19 years.   In 1920 – 1921 he worked at the University of Pennsylvania medical school concentrating on surgery.  Much of his professional life was spent treating narcotic addiction, both formally and informally.  In 1935, Turner became the first Black appointed to the Philadelphia school board of education. 

He was a 33rd degree Mason and a member of Sigma Pi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi.   During WW II he was a volunteer medical service corps with the US Army.  John Patrick Turner died from prostate cancer on September 14, 1858 in Detroit, MI. 

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