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Austin T. Turk

Austin TurkIt is with heavy hearts that we announce Austin Turk’s passing, which occurred on February 1st, 2014.

Professor Turk joined the Sociology faculty at UCR in 1988 and in the years since, fulfilled many roles in that department, including a period as Chair. He served on the CHASS Executive Committee, the Committee on Charges, the Law and Society Program Committee and a host of other boards and committees. In the community of Riverside, he was an avid supporter of the California Museum of Photography and the Citizens’ University Committee, and he also volunteered with the Riverside Police Department.

Professor Turk’s scholarly career spanned more than five decades. He was a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Criminology, and had also been Chair of the Criminology Section of the American Sociological Association. His 1969 book “Criminality and the Legal Order” is considered a classic in the field.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Ruth-Ellen Grimes.

We are in the progress of planning events to commemorate Austin’s life and career, so please stay tuned for further information.