My memory of David was in middle school he had a leading role in the "Mikado." Such a nice voice.
I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of David Turner. We really did not know each other very well, but he and I were in the same math class. I believe that
Mr. Walsh, one of the finest teachers I ever had, was our teacher that year when we were juniors. I remember him as a kind and friendly lad with an
irrepresible sense of humor. I never saw him again after our graduation, but I have fond memories of him as my classmate. May he rest in peace.
Sue Hooker (Dev)
I will never forget that day. I have also told my kids about what happened that day at school after a classmate of theirs had the same thing happen. But he was at West Point training for big race at that point. Dave was a friend and I remember feeling kind of numb and sad. And yes, their was no counseling or talk of it that I remember either. Devastating for his family.
I was also at gym with Dave, He was a good friend. I saw him go down and also thought he was fooling around. But when he didn't get up I knew something was wrong. I saw the ambulance take him away. Don Emerson, Larry Snyder and me were called to the office and sent home for the day. We just hung around and talked at our favorite spot. Tough day.
The good news is today they would have brought out the defribulator and he would have probably been fine. Progress!
I remember that day well and knew David from classes and Boy Scouts (he was an Eagle scout if I remember correctly). Just total shock as things like that didnt happen to us kids and only after the fact found out about the heart condition. Very nice guy and I remember Tom Walsh to be a very nice guy, but more of a drill instructor type, so can understand why he was the way he was towards "hippies". And nice to know that he grieved like the rest of us too. The story behind the story. Thank goodness for modern medicine that some families won't have to go experience the trauma. RIP David
Robin Pollock (Wood)
I sat next to David Turner in honors US History class. It was so strange to see his empty seat for the rest of the year. There was no official announcement. I had heard that David was doing punishment laps. I had no idea. He was a good guy. It's comforting to be able to hear from other classmates about this.
So interesting to hear people's memories of the unfortunate day more than 60 years ago. Also pretty impressive that memories remain that clear when I can't remember where I put my keys half an hour ago!
I met David Turner when I moved to Needham in the 9th grade. Occasionally we would walk home after school from Newman. I believe we first met in Boy Scouts. After he died I remember the painful experience of visiting with his parents.