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Name: Turner, Max Wesley.

Historical Note:

Max Wesley Turner was born on October 3, 1916, in Charleston, Illinois.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Eastern State Teachers College in Illinois, and his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Iowa.  He received his Ph.D in 1947, and was appointed to teach in the Government Department at Southern Illinois University on October 1, 1947.  In addition to teaching in the Government Department, he was assigned various administrative duties associated with the President's Office.

In 1951, President Morris appointed a Committee on Facts and Figures to collect and assemble statistical data on Southern Illinois and the University, to make summaries of the data available, and to suggest ways to improve educational and socio-economic standards.  On January 3, 1952, Max Turner accepted the chairmanship of the committee.  Later, in 1959, he became a member of the Office of Institutional Research.

From 1963 until 1965 he was assigned to the University Library as Archivist.  During his career with Southern Illinois University he remained with the Government Department achieving the rank of Professor.  He passed away in June of 1979.

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