Inspiring teacher remembered
To the Editor:
Several graduates of Nelson A. Aldrich High School have contacted me regarding the recent death of our math teacher and dear friend, Marguerite Robertson Turner. Marguerite died on Monday, February 27, 2012 at the age of 93, at the end of a lifetime of accomplishments, not the least of which was inspiring students toward furthering their educations. Allow me to share a few highlights of her career.
Marguerite was a graduate of the old Warwick High School (later Lockwood Junior/Senior High), followed by Pembroke College where she obtained a degree in Math, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1939. She began student teaching at Aldrich in 1940 and received her Master’s in Math from Brown University in 1947. Further studies resulted in a PhD from Harvard in 1961.
Far from being mired in academia, Marguerite worked as a counselor at Lakeside Home and as a waitress/maid at a Maine hotel from 1936 to 1940. During World War II, she was a civilian worker in the War Department in Washington, D.C.
With Dr. William Flanagan (our Assistant Principal at Aldrich), they became the first president/vice president team at the newly established R.I. Junior College. She retired in 1957.
Marguerite never lost her love for Aldrich, and in 2010, in failing health; she attended the All-classes reunion held at Rhdoes-on-the-Pawtuxet.
I have been informed that in accordance with her wishes, no funeral services will be held and her family is preparing a formal obituary. I know that I speak for all who knew her in saying that we have lost a dear friend and a lovely lady. She will be sorely missed.
John A. Wallace