Turner served on the board of directors for Aon, Baxter, First Chicago (now J.P. Morgan Chase), Marshall Field's (now Macy's) and W.W. Grainger.
Turner was widely recognized by his peers and received numerous awards and recognitions, including "Best Chief Executive" in the restaurant industry by The Wall Street Transcript in 1980, and "Ad Man of the Decade" by Advertising Age in 1990. In 1991, Turner received the Horatio Alger Award which honors outstanding Americans who exemplify dedication, purpose, and perseverance. He also received an honorary Dr. of Laws from Drake University in 1983.
Turner had many diverse interests and supported countless philanthropic activities. He was a co-founder and life trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities, dedicated to serving families of critically ill children and providing care to children in underserved communities. Turner and his late wife Patty were avid music lovers and he was a significant supporter of Drake University in Des Moines, endowing a professorship in jazz studies and the Fred and Patty Turner Jazz Center, which opened on campus in 2011.
A self-described history buff, Turner was actively involved in multiple efforts to honor American veterans and educate future generations. He led the effort to create two aircraft exhibits at O'Hare International and Chicago Midway International Airports as a lasting tribute to the sacrifices made in World War II. In 2009, Turner also sponsored the restoration of an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber for the Pacific Aviation Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Turner is survived by three daughters, Paula Turner, Patty Sue (Bob) Rhea, Teri Turner and eight grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be sent to Ronald McDonald House Charities, or the Patty Turner Senior Center in Deerfield, IL.
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