Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ralph D. Turlington
Statesman And Educator
— Unversity of Florida —
A native of Gainesville and University of Florida Alumnus [B.S.B.A., 1942], Ralph D. Turlington represented Alachua County in the Florida House of Representatives for 24 years [1950-74], serving as Speaker of the House 1967-68. Appointed Florida’s Commissioner of Education in 1974 and subsequently elected to three terms, Turlington played a key role in raising Florida’s standards and placed the State in a leadership role in the nation. A member of the University of Florida Business Administration Faculty [1947-49]. He also was a successful insurance executive. It is appropriate this major classroom building, where students are taught daily, is named for a man whose name is synonymous with education.
Erected by University of Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
Location. 29° 38.923′ N, 82° 20.619′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on Newell Drive south of Union Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker attached to entrance wall Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 Newell Drive, Gainesville FL 32611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turlington Rock, 1984 (within shouting distance of this marker); Century Tower Carillon (within shouting distance of this marker); This Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Marston Science Library (within shouting distance of this marker); University of Florida (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florida Extension (about 300 feet away); Rolfs Hall (about 400 feet away); African Studies (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.