Douglas C. Turnbull Jr., 91, All-American lacrosse player

April 13, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Douglas Clayland Turnbull Jr., an All-American lacrosse attackman who electrified spectators and players with his dramatic play during the 1920s at Homewood Field, died in his sleep yesterday at Fairhaven Retirement Center in Sykesville. He was 91.

Mr. Turnbull, who graduated in 1924 from the Johns Hopkins University with a degree in engineering, then stayed another year to complete graduate engineering studies, was the only lacrosse player to earn first team All-American honors four straight years -- 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1925 -- a record that would stand for 50 years until Ed Urso of the University of Maryland repeated the feat, from 1972 to 1975.

Upon Mr. Turnbull's graduation, said he was "one of the greatest athletes Johns Hopkins ever turned out."

While at Hopkins he was captain of the 1924 and 1925 teams and played defense, midfield and attack, every position on the field except that of goalie. He continued playing the sport until 1938 for the Mount Washington Club, then was its assistant coach until 1940.

"There is no name greater in lacrosse at Hopkins than Turnbull," said Bill Tanton, retired Evening Sun sports editor and columnist. "He was an important part of the Hopkins lacrosse tradition and truly a legend," said Bob Scott, who coached lacrosse at Hopkins for 20 years.

He never lost his love for lacrosse and was a familiar figure at Homewood until he was in his late 80s.

Born and raised in Mount Washington, Mr. Turnbull began playing the game as a 10-year-old and became the other half of what soon became known as the Turnbull lacrosse dynasty.

His brother Jack, six years younger, who was dubbed the "Babe Ruth of the game of lacrosse," took over honors as the greatest attackman who ever played the game from his older brother.

Douglas Turnbull was employed from 1925 to 1943 as an engineer and later was head of public relations for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. He also worked for Baltimore and Ohio Railway Co. as executive assistant to the president, vice president in TC charge of research and development and chairman of the locomotive development committee.

The longtime Guilford resident served on the boards of many schools, institutions and charities.

He was a founder in 1955 of the Lacrosse Foundation Inc., which administers the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1963.

An Episcopal churchman, Mr. Turnbull was active with the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and had been a vestryman and lay reader at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.

He was a member of the Maryland Club, the South River Club, the Engineering Society and the Society of Colonial Wars.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, Charles Street and University Parkway.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, the former Virginia T. Steuart; four sons, John I. "Jack" Turnbull of Phoenix, Edwin S. Turnbull of Waynesburg, N.C., Robert B. Turnbull and Douglas C. Turnbull III, both of Beaufort, S.C.; a daughter, Virginia S. Hecklinger of Ridgefield, Conn.; a sister, Helen B. Turnbull of Towson; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lacrosse Foundation Inc., 113 W. University Parkway, Baltimore 21210, or the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, c/o Emil Saroch, 237 Anchorage Court, Annapolis 21401.

Rev. Donald L. Garfield, 71, Episcopal liturgist

The Rev. Donald Lothrop Garfield, an Episcopal liturgist who helped revise the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, died Monday of Parkinson's disease at Church Home, where he had lived since 1990. He was 71.

Mr. Garfield was an associate priest from 1980 to 1990 at Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church at Monument Street and Park Avenue. From 1965 until 1978, he was rector of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in New York City, perhaps the most well-known Anglo-Catholic Church in the nation. From 1978 until coming to Baltimore, he was an assistant at New York City's All Saints Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Edward Rementer, rector of Grace and St. Peter's from 1980 until he retired in 1990, was a close friend of Mr. Garfield's.

"He was extremely knowledgeable about the Episcopal Church, and he knew so much minutiae about it that I called him The Source," Mr. Rementer said.

Mr. Garfield was a member of the National Liturgical Commission, which, during the 1970s, undertook a revision of the 1928 prayer book, which has been praised and condemned.

An antiquarian and Anglophile, Mr. Garfield was acutely sensitive to the history and tradition of the prayer book but also was forward-looking in its mission.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Mass., Mr. Garfield was part of an old New England family that traced its ancestors to the Mayflower and was related to President James A. Garfield.

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