Harry Leonard Turtledove (1921-2011)
Harry Leonard Turtledove was born in Portland, Oregon on June 26, 1921, the son of Fanny and David Turtledove. He attended Fernwood elementary school and Grant High school. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College, and earned a junior year exchange scholarship to Wesleyan University. After graduation, in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, attended Officer Candidate School and, as a first lieutenant, served in various capacities in the U.S., Calcutta and Karachi. After the war he was a reporter for the Oregon Journal, covering sports, concerts and recitals, his eclectic passions.
After three years he left Portland to undertake graduate studies at London University. He was hired by the Marshall Plan Information Services, and worked in both London and Paris. After a brief visit home he went back to Paris as a freelance journalist, while actually working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Returning finally to Portland in 1958, he partnered his public relations background with Earl Heims Advertising to form the Heims and Turtledove Agency, which later became Turtledove Clemens, Inc., now the oldest continuous advertising agency in Portland. He was involved in Oregon's Democratic politics including campaigns for Reps. Edith Green and Les AuCoin, Gov. Bob Straub, Oregon Primary candidate Robert Kennedy and many others. In 1954, Harry married Patricia Lavan, a marriage which lasted until her death in 1998. In 2001, he married Elaine Durst.
His was a life well lived, a man deeply loved and respected for his wit and wisdom, his knowledge and kindness. Strong convictions and integrity were his hallmarks. His love and knowledge of music included supporting Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest and Portland Piano International as a donor, season ticket holder and board service member with two of these institutions. Harry was an accomplished pianist in his own right. From childhood on, he avidly followed sports of all kinds. He was a runner for many years, and continued to work out regularly until illness kept him away from the gym. To support the YMCA of Portland he created the popular event, "A Run On The Banks." He served on the board of the Casey Family Programs and, professionally, served as president of the National Federation of Advertising Agencies. He was a member of the University Club of Portland. In 2003, Harry was appointed by the Oregon Supreme Court to the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Committee as a public member, where he served for five years.