CISSM remembers Adm. Stansfield Turner, 1923-2018

January 23, 2018

CISSM is saddened by the news of the death of former School of Public Policy faculty member and CISSM Senior Fellow Adm. Stansfield Turner, who died last week.

In addition to his numerous military and governmental accomplishments (see Washington Post and New York Times obituaries), Admiral Turner was a valued and respected member of the School of Public Policy faculty from 1991 through 2006 and taught a course, “Terrorism and Democracy,” whose origins predated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Admiral Turner’s contributions to higher education began at the Naval War College, where as president from 1972-1974 he introduced a new curriculum that stressed the ethical and historical education of officers as a way to improve their analytical capabilities.  

CISSM Senior Fellow and College Park Professor Catherine Kelleher noted that at the School of Public Policy, "he insisted that public servants and experts be trained along similar lines." She added,  "At CISSM, his writings and lectures consistently stressed the responsibility of civil leaders for defense and the control of violence used in their name. Few did it better."

Mari Yamamoto, a graduate of the School of Public Policy doctoral program and Turner’s former research assistant, produced a collection of Turner’s writings and speeches. Public recollections about Turner are being collected by the School of Public Policy.