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Anthony Turpin

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Anthony Turpin has been a resident of Whidbey Island for fifty years. He was assigned to the Staff, Commander Fleet Air Whidbey, at Naval Air station Whidbey Island in 1963 and served   two years prior to his release from active duty in 1965. Born in Chicago and raised in the Los Angeles area, he attended the University of California, Berkeley receiving his B.A. degree in 1961. While serving at Whidbey Island in the Navy, he met his wife, Elizabeth in Washington, D.C, They were married in Coupeville. A student of the visual arts, Turpin returned to Los Angeles where he studied painting and fine arts at Art Center School. In 1967 the couple moved back to Whidbey Island and built the family home on property north of Oak Harbor. He was an instructor in the Art Department, Skagit Valley College from 1968 until 1986, and was Chair of the department for the majority of that time. Turpin continued to serve in the Naval Air Reserve retiring from the Navy in 1992. The challenge of building and reclaiming logged acreage was the beginning of the couple’s interest in the environment. Turpin served on the North Whidbey Watershed Advisory Committee and was chair, pro team, when that group was amalgamated into the Water Resources Advisory Committee. His interest in conservation and preservation of both costal and shoreline habitat is motivation to serve and contribute to the work of the Marine Resources Committee.