Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Donley Harold Turpin, D. D. S.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 181.)
Location. 36° 10.096′ N, 86° 48.375′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is at the intersection of Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr. Blvd. and Meharry Blvd, on the right when traveling south on Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37208, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meharry Medical College (within shouting distance of this marker); Desegregating Nashville's Lunch Counters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jubilee Hall Academic Building At Fisk University (about 400 feet away); Hulda Margaret Lyttle (about 500 feet away); Thomas W. Talley (about 500 feet away); Talley-Brady Hall (about 500 feet away); Cravath Hall (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
1. Turpin Memorial Day
Turpin Memorial Day is one of four annual Heritage Days in the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. These are days in the school calendar which have been set aside to celebrate the memory of persons who have made crucially significant contributions to the survival and progress of the school. Other Heritage Days include the Allen-Watson Day, Mobley-Singleton Day and the Samuel O. Banks, DDS Day. Turpin Memorial Day is dedicated to Donley H. Turpin, DDS.
Dr. Donley H. Turpin graduated from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 1918. He was then immediately appointed to the faculty. He served as Professor of Prosthetic Dentistry, Supervisor of Dental Clinics and during the years 1938 through 1942 he served as Dean, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. Dr. Turpin's dedication to dental education and his loyalty to Meharry led him to contribute significant personal financial resources and personal effort to the school so that the school would not be forced to close during the depression years.
Turpin Memorial Day activities are sponsored and presented, on Thursday prior to Easter, by the Omicron Omicron Chapter of OKU. The members of Omicron Omicron Chapter of OKU are proud to recognize with lasting gratitude Dr. Turpin's exemplary professional contribution and to emphasize the chapter's commitment to continue Turpin Memorial Day as an integral part of the dental school's heritage.
The activities of Turpin Day include the Turpin Memorial Day Lecture, presented by an outstanding presenter with dental school ties, introduction of OKU members, recognition of "We Are Watching You" awardees, induction of new OKU members and photographic documentation of all of the OKU members, old and new, in attendance. All activities of the School of Dentistry are closed during the Turpin Memorial Day activities.
— Submitted December 17, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
2. Member of Phi Beta Sigma
Dr. Turpin was also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He was initiated through the Kappa Chapter at MeHarry in 1921 and was a charter member of our local Nashville Alumni Chapter, Eta Beta Sigma.
— Submitted March 24, 2009, by Steven Townsend of Nashville, Tennessee.
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Persons • Science & Medicine •
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