Monday, March 12, 2001

Long line of achievers with links to UC

        That Darwin T. Turner made academic history was no surprise.

        At 18, his mother, Laura Clarice Knight Turner, was the youngest person to earn a baccalaureate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1926. By 1928, she had two undergraduate degrees and two masters', and had begun teaching at Harriet Beecher Stowe School.

        His father, Darwin R. Turner, worked as a research chemist, and received a UC graduate degree in pharmacy.

        Grandfather Charles H. Turner earned BS and MS degrees in the 1890s from UC and a PhD with high honors in biology/zoology at the University of Chicago. His wife, Adeline Campbell Turner, was a nurse.

        Maternal grandmother Laura Troy Knight earned a master's degree from UC and was a school principal.

        Maternal great-great-grandfather Owen T B. Nickens founded the city's first successful school for black children in 1834.

        At 15, Darwin T. Turner became the youngest member of UC's chapter of the national honorary society, Phi Beta Kappa, and UC's youngest baccalaureate at 16, exceeding his mother's undergraduate triumph by two years.

        Source: The University of Cincinnati


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