US Army


Dr. John Calhoun Turner

September 9, 1931 ~ February 8, 2018 (age 86)

Dr. John Calhoun Turner of Key West, Florida died peacefully in hospice care at his daughter's home in Pittsburgh, PA on February 8, 2018.

John was the beloved husband of Rosina Lombardo and loving father of Lisa Turner of Boulder, CO, and of Pamela Turner Abdalla of Pittsburgh.

John's devoted grandchildren include Alexandria Abdalla, Omar Abdalla, Aidan O'Brian Turner, and Gabriella Abdalla.

John, born in Fair Bluff, NC, September 9, 1931   was the first-born of four children of Marcus Sharpe and Edith Cox Turner.  He is preceded in death by siblings Marcus Sharpe Turner, Jr. and Sina Nell Kullberg and survived by his beloved sister, Jean Pate, of Lake Junaluska, NC. who was with him at the time of his death. 

John graduated from Duke Medical School in 1956 and after his internship at Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport, LA and a general residency at Charity Hospital in Pineville, LA. returned to his hometown, Fair Bluff, as a general medical practitioner.  It was there that he met and married Adeline Brady of Cerro Gordo.  He moved to Washington, DC in 1961 as an officer in the US Army at Walter Reed Hospital to do a residency in radiology. He continued his military service, rising to the rank of Major as head of the radiology department at the army hospital in Heidelberg, Germany.

After leaving the military, John and his family moved to Fairmont, West Virginia to establish his life-long radiology practice: Radiological Consultants Association.  He served as Chief of the Radiology Department at Fairmont General Hospital for many years and trained many devoted radiology technicians in his own home.  When John retired in 1990, his outstanding service as an interventional radiologist culminated in the dedication of the Fairmont General Hospital's new radiology wing in his honor.  He continued to practice radiology in the Lower Key's Hospital in Key West for many years.  He also practiced radiology as a private consultant, and volunteered his services as a physician for human trafficking victims while on a visit to the United Arabic Emeritt.  


John and his beloved wife, Adeline, retired to Key West Florida in 1990; After fifty years of marriage, Adeline died of a pulmonary embolism in January 2011.  John married, Rosina Lombardo on August 1, 2015 and was embraced by her family and extended family and friends.  The couple enjoyed a brief but beautiful interval of travel and celebrated companionship before John was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2018.

A lifelong learner, John was faithfully active in Arcturus, a men's group dedicated to the pursuit of continued learning and frequently lectured on various topics for the group.  He attended the Arcturus Gala the evening before his hospitalization, enjoying the fellowship and friendship of his many Arcturus friends and colleagues.  Following a brief hospitalization at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, John was blessed with six days of peace in hospice care surrounded by family and friends before succumbing peacefully on February 8, his own mother’s birthdate.


A memorial service was held in celebration of John's wonderful life at Pittsburgh's Calvary Episcopal Church on Sunday February 11. A memorial service will be in the basilica in which John and Rosina were married, St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Key West on Saturday, March 3, 2018.  

A memorial service/ celebration of life for Dr. John Turner will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 2:00 pm at the Fair Bluff United Methodist Church. Dr. Turner was a native of Fair Bluff and practiced medicine in in Fair Bluff from 1958-1961 before entering the army and becoming a recognized interventional radiologist.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Dr. Turner's name to the Fair Bluff United Methodist Church, PO Box 492, Fair Bluff, NC 28439 or to The Fair Bluff Depot Museum, PO Box 234, Fair Bluff, NC 28439.





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