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Robert Edward Turvene

April 6, 1928 - June 16, 2021

On June 16, 2021, Robert “Bob” Edward Turvene, 93 of Williamsburg, VA and formerly of Bethesda, MD. from natural causes.  An Education Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education, he retired in 1982 and moved to Williamsburg in 1986, first living on Mill Neck Road with his wife, Betsy Saunders Turvene, and currently in New Town Williamsburg.  Bob graduated from William & Mary in 1953 with a B.A. in Philosophy, then served in the U.S. Army before meeting Betsy in Williamsburg, marrying and moving overseas.

William & Mary has always been central to Bob’s life: frequently returning to Williamsburg to visit, then retiring to Williamsburg and teaching in the Department of Kinesiology and finally  presenting a large donation of Chinese antiques to the Muscarelle Museum of Art.  He is a longtime Buddhist but was active in the Williamsburg Universal Unitarian (WUU) Church.

He is survived by two sons: David Turvene of Arlington, VA and Edward “Ted” Turvene of Grand Blanc, MI; five granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the WUU Endowment Fund (

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