AUBURN – Auburn University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps received more than $1.6 million from the estate of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Henry Earl Turner through the Auburn University Foundation.
The gift will be divided among the Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC programs at the university. It will be used to support an endowed fund for excellence at the departments’ discretions.
“Programs such as Auburn’s ROTC program benefit greatly from private giving,” said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. “Private gifts enable these programs to provide scholarships, awards, team travel and purchase equipment, among other things. In addition, ROTC at Auburn holds a great deal of historical significance since ROTC began with land-grant institutions across the country in 1862.”
Turner’s gift to Auburn was out of appreciation for its students, faculty and ROTC program.
“Colonel Turner saw Auburn as a place that possessed a strong atmosphere of genuine kindness and respect,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jon Segars. “He valued these qualities and wanted to promote them through this generous gift. This gift will have a tremendous impact on all four military services represented in this department.”
Turner received a Bronze Star for his service during World War II and the Korean Conflict. A master parachutist, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and worked on parachute deployment and testing. Turner was a resident of Tempe, Ariz., at the time of his death.