Tulane Green Wave legend Bob Turchin dies at 90

NEW ORLEANS — Former Tulane football and track athlete Robert L. Turchin Sr. — the man for whom Tulane’s baseball stadium is named — died Thursday at 90, the school announced.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Temple Israel in Miami. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and to Hospice.

Turchin was a longstanding member of Miami Beach, Fla., and Boone, N.C., communities. He gave generously to Tulane and Appalachian State. The Green Wave football team and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts were especially close to his heart.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lillian, and five children, their spouses and nine grandchildren.

“Bob Turchin set the highest standards throughout his life as a Tulane student-athlete, trustee and philanthropist,” Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. “He cherished his experience at Tulane and dedicated himself to providing that same opportunity for hundreds of young men and women. He will be missed but not forgotten.”

Turchin served as city councilman of Miami Beach from 1963-65 and vice-mayor of the city from 1965-67. He was also active in several civic organizations.

On March 11, 1991, Tulane dedicated it baseball facility, Turchin Stadium, in honor of Robert and Lillian Turchin, who spearheaded the drive to build the facility in 1990.