Kappa Alpha Order

Award for Distinguished
Public Service

Turner Honored for Public Service to the Blind

At the Mikell and Walsh Province Courts of Honor held on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, at The Crescent Club in downtown Dallas, Texas, Councilor Samuel O. Leake, Jr. presented John Milton Turner (Gamma Lambda–North Texas ’55) with the Award for Distinguished Public Service for his efforts as a respected civil and community leader.

The Award for Distinguished Public Service was established by the Executive Council to recognize members of Kappa Alpha Order who have demonstrated public service by serving in local, state or in the federal government.

John lost his eyesight at the early age of seventeen due to a detached retina from a hereditary weakness. But with his motto, “blindness is an inconvenience, not a handicap,” John entered the classroom at the University of North Texas in 1954, just six months after going blind, and was initiated into Kappa Alpha Order by the Gamma Lambda chapter. After joining KA, John served as junior class president and was elected student body president his senior year. In addition to a successful career in business, John spent his time serving many local and national causes.

John was appointed by six Governors to serve more than three decades on the Texas Commission for the Blind. He was a director for the Board of Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind and served seventeen years as a Trustee of The Seeing Eye of Morristown, New Jersey.

John was accompanied by his wife, Linda, and seeing eye dog, Eben.

In June of 2017, a statue was erected in John’s honor in Frisco, Texas.

More photos from the event are available on KA’s Facebook page.

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