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Arthur S. Turner

November 1, 1931 — May 17, 2023


Lincoln, MA - Arthur S. Turner, a resident of Carlisle since 1963 and active member of his community, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the age of 91. Arthur left behind a legacy of accomplishments, cherished memories, and a profound impact on those who had the privilege of knowing him. He was born in Harvard, MA to Stanley and Elizabeth Turner and shared 63 wonderful years of marriage with his wife, Sally Naumann Turner.

Arthur's career was defined by his curiosity and passion for technology. He earned a BS in Physics from MIT and went on to earn an MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT as well. He remained an active member of the MIT community for his entire life, including serving on the MIT Class of 1952 Reunion Committee and holding various leadership roles, including Class President from 1982 to 1987.

With the exception of a two-year stint with the CIA, Arthur spent his career working for Baird Corporation. He started working with the calibration of periscopic sextants used for navigation of the U-2 aircraft, moved on to work as a team lead making measurements from high altitude aircraft to analyze ICBM radiation, and became Vice President of the spectrochemical division in 1968. He spent a total of 18 years as Vice President and General manager of the Nuclear Medicine division, developing and managing the Nuclear Cardiology product line. He retired in 1992.

Arthur's personal interests included sailing, skiing, woodworking, riflery and working in the yard. In his early years, he was a counselor at Camp Mowgli and was a member of the MIT Riflery team. He was a long-time member of the Boston Yacht Club and enjoyed sailboat racing and cruising along the New England coast. Summer trips were sailing adventures from Marblehead to Cape Cod and the islands. After retirement, he focused his creativity and interest in Shaker furniture into a second career as a woodworker. For years he created hand crafted items for the First Religious Society of Carlisle's annual Greens sale. 

Arthurs dedication to his work, his unwavering commitment to his family, and his active involvement in his community will be deeply missed. His memory will continue to inspire those who knew him to embrace curiosity and cherish the moments shared with loved ones.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Sally Naumann Turner, his son Bruce Turner and his wife Georgina of Richardson, TX, his son Andrew Turner and his wife Nicole of Sammamish, WA, and his brother Robert Turner of Rockville, MD. 

A private memorial service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Arthur’s memory to The Carlisle Mosquito at 662A Bedford Road, Carlisle MA 01741.

To share a remembrance or to offer a condolence, please visit Arthur’s online guest book at


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