Frank Joseph Turkowski, Ph.D., 86, of Uvalde, died on March 3, 2022, at
Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
Visitation is set today from 5-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church with the Rev. Eduardo Morales officiating.
Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Garden of Devotion
at Hillcrest Cemetery.
He was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in Syracuse, New York, to Marion Frances
(Tanski) and Joseph Turkowski
Turkowski was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving from
1955-57 aboard USS Eldorado (AGC-11) as an electrician's mate third class.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960 and a doctorate in
zoology from Arizona State University in 1969.
His employment included time as a batboy for the New York Giants;
Arizona State University in the Department of Zoology as an assistant
curator of mammals; University of Minnesota in the Museum of Natural
History as a scientist; U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service as a mammal control agent and wildlife research biologist;
Arizona Zoological Society as director of education and research at the
Phoenix Zoo; director and owner of Live Oak School in Uvalde; U.S. Navy
Program for Afloat College Education professor; published author; and
Turkowski was a member of the American Society of Mammalogists; Texas
Chapter of the Wildlife Society; American Institute of Biological
Sciences; Southwestern Association of Naturalists; Texas Academy of
Science; Arizona Zoological Society; Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Rotary
International; and the Uvalde Grand Opera House board of governors.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Turkowski of Uvalde; two sons, Keith
Edward Turkowski of Sugar Land and Brian Andrew Turkowski and wife,
Fernanda, of Ridgewood, New York; daughter, Julie Turkowski Weaver and
husband, Damien, of Oregon; and two grandchildren, Roscoe James Weaver
and Belle Josephine Weaver.
He was preceded in death by his parents