|Doug Turnbull played 20 consecutive years of lacrosse, three for Poly, four for Hopkins, and 13 for the Mt. Washington Club. He played every position on the team with distinction, except goalie. He was a four time All-American.
Born Baltimore, Maryland on July 23, 1903, he attended public schools, including Baltimore Polytechnic, graduating in 1921. He then moved on to Johns Hopkins University, where he received a B.E. Degree in 1924, followed by a year of graduate work in thermodynamics, mathematics, and engineering. While at Poly, Doug played football and basketball as well as lacrosse and was picked for the All-Scholastic Football Team of 1920. He was captain of the 1921 Poly lacrosse team. There were only two high school lacrosse teams, Poly and City, and their schedules included some colleges. In Doug's three lacrosse years at Poly, their teams defeated City three out of four games, and the varsity of Penn and Maryland, and tied St. John's. On May 11, 1958, Doug served as toastmaster of the Poly dinner honoring Wilmer A. deHuff, principal 1921-1958.
At Hopkins, Doug played football all four years and received All-Maryland selections three years. In 1923 he was awarded the Evening Sun Medal and led the country in place kicking with 6 field goals, 15 points after touchdowns, and was selected on Van Orman's All-Time Hopkins Football Team. Hopkins' football team played Princeton, Cornell, Pittsburgh and others, including Maryland. In lacrosse, Doug made first team All-American as a close attack for four straight years - in 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1925 - and he captained the 1924 and 1925 teams. Hopkins was champion of the Southern Division of the ILA in 1923 and 1924 and in 1924 Doug made Father Bill Schmeisser's Honor Roll of Hopkins Lacrosse Tradition. Doug played against Oxford-Cambridge Onondaga Indians, Mt. Washington and the top colleges. Doug was twice president of ODK leadership fraternity, 1924 and 1925, president of Johns Hopkins Engineers 1948 and 1949, Alumni Trustee 1956-62, and national chairman of Alumni (Homewood) fund raising beginning in 1960.
Doug's athletic career did not end in college. He played 13 more years at the Mt. Washington Club until 1938 and was assistant coach for two years thereafter. Mt. Washington was open champion, 1927 through 1935. Doug captained the 1930 team. The club had an ice hockey team and Doug managed it in 1932 and 1933. In 1934 Doug coached lacrosse at Gilman School. Doug did some occasional scouting for Hopkins, Mt. Washington and Army. He infrequently helped Morris Touchstone, coach at Army at his request. Doug was speaker at the 75th anniversary of the USILA, December 14, 1957, and became a director in 1961 of Lacrosse Hall of Fame Foundation.
The Baltimore Gas & Electric Company employed Doug 1925-1943 and he joined the Executive Department of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company on September 1, 1943. He was Chairman of the Locomotive Development Committee, was active in the National Coal Policy Conference, was a trustee of the Maryland Academy of Sciences, was on the Physical Fitness Commission and the Off-Street Parking Commission. He was a director of a few civic, business, religious and educational organizations. He was also interested in the Peabody Institute. Doug served the Episcopal Church as vestryman, lay reader, Standing Committee, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, General Convention delegate, etc. He influenced the lives of a great many young men, some who went into the clergy.
Virginia Stuart married Doug in 1927. They had five wonderful children, Bruce, Ned, Virginia II, Doug III, and Jack II. All have had active contact with lacrosse.
Doug Turnbull passed away on April 12, 1996.