Lewis Putnam Turco

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: State University of New York, Oswego
Location: Dresden, Maine, United States

Lewis Turco, Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, Oswego, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in creative writing and English.

While Mr. Turco’s career in academics began in 1960, whereupon he began teaching at Cleveland State University, his actual foray into the world of writing began at a much earlier age. When he was in fifth grade, Mr. Turco was a paper boy, and he transitioned into being the high school correspondent and morgue clerk for his local newspaper while in high school. Having always shown a proclivity for the written word, he sought out to do for others what writers had done for him his whole life. After teaching at Cleveland State for four years, he briefly joined the faculty at Hillsdale College before landing at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego in 1965. He remained at the institution until retiring as professor emeritus in 1996.

Mr. Turco set on his own academic path by earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1959 and received a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa in 1962. In his career, he received an honorary LHD from Ashland University, an honorary LHD from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and an honorary DAH from Unity College. In all of his endeavors, he is most proud of having served in the United States Navy and gone on a world cruise of the USS Hornet, which was an aircraft carrier from 1953-1955. In addition to receiving grants, Mr. Turco has been the recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award from the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry from the Italian-American Foundation and the Bordighera Bilingual Poetry Award from the Sonia Raiziss-Giop Charitable Foundation among other accolades.

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