Remembering Truman "Turk" Storvick
Truman "Turk" Storvick, beloved Osher instructor and climate change expert, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6. Turk died after suffering from heat stroke and a heart attack while mowing his lawn the Thursday before. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 13, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, followed by sharing time.
He will be remembered by the impact he made on the Osher community with his classes on energy and climate change, and he will be missed dearly.
Below is a testimonial from Turk's friends and co-instructors, Don Day and Johann Bruhn.
From Don Day
I first met Turk when he was teaching a class on energy at Osher. He talked about the various types of energy sources we could consider. He placed a lot of emphasis on nuclear energy as he had considerable experience in researching nuclear energy through his work at the University of Missouri. The next time I saw Turk, he enrolled in a class I taught on bioenergy. It made me a little nervous having a person of his caliber in my class.
As we talked about energy, we discussed putting together a class on climate change, as our energy choices are closely related to climate change. That led to us leading several classes on climate change. The year before last, we added Johann Bruhn to our team of instructors for the class. I was impressed with Turk's knowledge of energy and climate change and was inspired by his quest for more knowledge. At the last class we taught he handed out his suggested reading list of books. The list was extensive and he had read all the books.
Turk was supposed to write some information for the Osher Spotlight. He was teaching the class on climate change with Johann and me and shared what he wrote with us, but never sent it to the Osher folks.
It was a privilege to be able to work with Turk on the classes and to get to know him as a friend. We had many discussions on various subjects. We met recently to discuss the upcoming fall class on climate change. Turk was working on his reading list and was still reading new materials in preparation for the class. Turk might have said he retired 17 years ago, but he really never retired. We dedicated the fall class to Turk.
From Johann Bruhn
I "clicked" with Don and Turk from our first meeting in 2014. In all humility, I think we made a very good team. Some would say that no one is irreplaceable, but I disagree. For me, in my life, Turk is irreplaceable. Fortunately for me, I came to know him in time and he remains with me going forward.
An Homage by Lucille Salerno, former Osher director
Retired. Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering; unquestionably learned. Yet Turk continued a practice begun from day one as a member of the MU faculty: rising at dawn to spend the first few hours of every day immersed in the literature of his profession. Pride in his work, his life, he evolved into a gracious, positive being, evidencing considerable gratitude — the embodiment of human fulfillment, loving and deeply humble. He would never have really retired. He was too busy educating us and monitoring threats to our world, using his scholarship to enlighten about climate change and harvesting residual energy from spent nuclear rods, rendering them far less toxic. Gracious Guardian, he took on the big perils to personkind, leaving us empowered — albeit bereft.
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