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College Inducts Dr. John Turba into Athletic Hall of Fame

Orthopedic Physician Served Was Co-Founder of Athletic Training Program

October 24, 2012

Pictured following the Hall of Fame induction luncheon are, from the left, Erika Goodwin, professor of athletic training and interim vice president for academic affairs; Larry Howard, AT program director; Dr. John Turba; and Roger Tewksbury, who co-founded the program with Turba.

Pictured following the Hall of Fame induction luncheon are, from the left, Erika Goodwin, professor of athletic training and interim vice president for academic affairs; Larry Howard, AT program director; Dr. John Turba; and Roger Tewksbury, who co-founded the program with Turba.

Dr. John Turba was inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Homecoming (Oct. 20).

Turba was cited for providing outstanding medical care to Wilmington College’s student-athletes for 30 years and he played a key role in the creation and eventual maturity of WC’s outstanding athletic training program.

In 1977, he became the Quakers’ team physician. That marked the beginning of a three-decade relationship during which he addressed medical issues for athletics as the owner and director of the College’s medical partner, Queen City Sports Medicine.

Turba is a founder of WC’s athletic training program, which is recognized today as one of the best in the nation. He was instrumental in developing the program’s curriculum and was a frequent guest speaker in classes. He continues to support its progress.

Former WC football coach Bill Ramseyer presented Turba, whom he called “a giant of the orthopedics world.”
Turba cited highlights of his affiliation with Wilmington as including the 1980 football season when the team was NAIA runner-up, the women’s basketball team’s 2004 national championship and the great success of WC’s athletic training program.

“This honor is truly one of the highlights of my life,” he said.

The father of two sons, Turba his wife, Diane, reside in Mississippi, where he serves as orthopedic surgeon for Alcorn State University.