Abel P. Turnier; was director of pathology

Abel P. Turnier
Abel P. Turnier
Posted: March 14, 2014

When Abel P. Turnier was completing his studies in pathology at the University of Vermont in the early 1950s, a Turkish colleague there suggested that he visit her in Istanbul.

Once his studies were done, "he took a transatlantic cruise to France and purchased this car and traveled through Europe," daughter Octavie Geddie said.

"When he arrived in Turkey, my mother turned out to be the best friend of the woman he had met in Vermont."

Dr. Turnier married Leyla Erduran and became close to her brother, the Turkish artist Refik Erduran, Geddie said.

On Saturday, March 8, Dr. Turnier, 93, director of pathology at what is now Ancora (N.J.) Psychiatric Hospital from 1962 to 1989, died at Virtua Voorhees medical center.

Born in Jacmel, Haiti, Dr. Turnier was a collector of Haitian art.

"He was contacted by a museum in Paris" recently, Geddie said, and it will be exhibiting some of the works of Robert St. Brice from his collection.

Dr. Turnier graduated from the University of Haiti medical school in 1946 and completed his residency in pathology in 1952 at the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

In 1952-53, he was a fellow in pathology at Boston Children's Hospital and worked at the Jimmy Fund Clinic of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, his daughter said.

He was an assistant pathologist at what is now Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and what is now its Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Mass., both from 1953 to 1956.

Dr. Turnier returned to Haiti to work as an associate pathologist at his medical school from 1956 to 1958. He was an assistant pathologist in Springfield until assuming that title at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence in 1960-61.

He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by wife Antonie, son Auguste, daughters Refika, Heike Benda-Blanck, and Kerstin Blanck, a brother, three sisters, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his former wife, Leyla, and son Ali Kiykioglu.

A viewing was set from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 14, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Bradley Funeral Home, Route 73 and Evesham Road, Marlton, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there, with interment in Atco Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to www.highhopesforhaiti.com.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bradleyfuneralhome-marlton.com.


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