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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

The Department are sad to report the passing of our former colleague Mike Turner, who died on January 7th, aged 77.

Mike was a graduate of Cambridge’s Estate Management programme and went on to complete a doctorate on the relationships between urban and rural communities. He worked as a researcher in the Department and as a research fellow at Magdalene before being appointed to a lectureship in valuation in 1980 which he held until 1997. His academic career also included periods of secondment in Africa. His legacy is recognised in the CULS Mike Turner prize for best Tripos performance in Real Estate Finance and Investment.  Mike played a substantial role with the Cambridge University Land Society, notably as Honorary Treasurer, a position he held until 2002.

Mike also played distinguished roles in college life, as Dean at Magdalene and in bursarial roles at Peterhouse. He was also a noted and successful athlete, an international cross-country runner, England team captain and a fine track athlete for Cambridge, Liverpool Harriers and Thames Hare and Hounds: his own achievements complemented by a long record of service to the sport which culminated in his role as manager of the British Track and Field team at the Seoul Olympics.