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Dr. Ann Turbeville

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February 2, 1935 – January 5, 2009
In memory of Dr. Ann Turbeville and the many lives she touched with her love of life and inate ability to effectively communicate to her patients through any means required with the goal of helping her patients through their difficult times and ultimately to a better quality of life.

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As a physician and psychiatrist for almost 50 years, Dr. Turbeville was a tireless champion of community health issues and the evaluation and treatment of mental disorders. Her career-long approach to medical issues by relating the emotional and spiritual side of patients to the physical factors of disease was decades ahead of its time, and is still today becoming adopted as common practice.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and dear friend, whose great zeal for life was equally matched by her unwavering passion for people. She loved travel, scuba diving, following local sports teams, bargain hunting, water aerobics and riding her mountain bike.

She was born Ann Raye Cook in Houston, TX on February 2, 1935 to Richard and Hallie Cook. She graduated with Honors from Rice University in 1958 and attended the University Of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she graduated in 1961.

She served her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Worth before joining the physicians’ staff of John Peter Smith Hospital in General Medicine. At JPSH she became increasingly concerned for the proper evaluation and care of mentally ill patients, especially from impoverished parts of the community. She eventually came to supervise much of the patient care in the Psychiatric wing of JPSH, and her growing commitment to the treatment of mental illness led her to complete her board certification in Psychiatry at The University Of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas. After a distinguished career in private practice, Dr. Turbeville became a prominent figure in evaluating the mental status of inmates and courtroom defendants for the Texas criminal courts.

Last updated on: 01/05/2010


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I worked with Dr. Turbeville at the county hospital in Ft Worth around 1976. I was a young new nurse in my 20s and just entering psychiatric nursing at the locked psychiatric unit there. She taught me many things, not only clinical psychiatric information, but also how to love people and have a sense of humor in your work. I have never met someone so smart and also fun loving and darn funny. I have often wondered what happened to her, as I moved to another city. I googled her name tonight and found this. I wish I could have said goodbye to her and told her how much she impacted me in a positive way. I cried when I saw her beautiful face again. God Bless her family and keep you happy and safe. Robin Fletcher

Robin Fletcher – 01/29/2011

You know what, I’m very much incliend to agree.

Janae Janae – 07/14/2011