Auto crash claims golf official Bill McTurk

Posted May 16, 2005 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

William E. McTurk, who assisted the Association in conducting Penn State's Rutherford Invitiational, died on May 12, when his car rolled over on Interstate 81 in Virginia. He was 79.

McTurk, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Penn State in 1948 in chemical engineering. He had a long and successful career with Exxon as a public affairs officer. After retiring, he and his wife, Lois Brand McTurk, lived in Scarsdale, New York, but moved to State College in 1997, where they could be close to their alma mater. In 1999, the McTurks donated $400,000 to Penn State University's Center of the Performing Arts.

The couple gave much to the game. Bill was an Executive Committee member of the Metropolitan (NY) Golf Association, and Lois was president of the Women's Metropolitan GA and a member of the USGA Women's Committee. They quickly accepted the WPGA's request for helping at the Rutherford, where Bill served for several years as a starter.

The McTurks were traveling back to State College after the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Mrs. McTurk was not injured in the accident.