Whatever Happened To ... ?


August 23, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

H. Mebane Turner now has the time to spend a summer in Ocean City. After nearly four decades in school administration, he's taken off his signature bow tie and put on a sports shirt.

Perhaps best known for his many years as University of Baltimore's president, from 1969 to 2002, he recently stepped down after 2 1/2 years in a similar position at Boys' Latin School in North Baltimore.

"I made my last alumni call June 30, greeted my successor and left for Ocean City," he said. "I've been taking my son and my step-grandchildren tubing on Assawoman Bay. I've had a home there for 30 years but never had the time to use it for more than 10 days."

Turner says he is going to return to several of his long-standing community interests this fall. He remains a Lyric Foundation director and has led efforts to modernize and enlarge the historic theater since 1978.

"We really hope in the next couple years we can expand the stage, put in a mechanized orchestra pit and keep the place in good shape," he said. "I've been on a leave of absence from the board of the Engineering Society. I hope to get back to work there, too."

In 2003, the Charles Street bridge over the Jones Falls Expressway was named in his honor. While at the university, he increased the school's presence in midtown Baltimore. He expanded it from three properties on 2.4 acres in 1970 to 40 properties on 14 acres.

He is past governor-general of the General Society of Colonial Wars, and past president of the Baltimore City Jail Board, the Baltimore Rotary and the Virginians of Maryland.

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