During his tenure as president, Wally was instrumental in acquiring official arms for TCA, granted and registered by the Lyon Court. But, perhaps Wally will most be remembered for his dream of creating a destination place in the Borders for his TCA family resulting in the creation of the Turning of the Bull Monument in Hawick. In 2010, TCA honored Wally and his dedication to the Clan by naming him their Honorary Chief, a title he still holds. Wally is a recipient of the John Fisher Turnbull Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wally Turnbull received his BA in Psychology from Rockford College in 1970 and his MFA from Ohio University in 1972.
Wally was born and raised in Haiti where he resided with his missionary parents until 1963 when he left to pursue his education. He later returned with his wife Betty in 1972 and served with the Baptist Haiti Mission for 30 years. The couple has recently moved to Durham, North Carolina.
During his missionary career, Wally directed a self-help program that trained and helped over 2,000 families market handcrafts and agricultural products. He also directed the mission’s rural school program of 330 schools, 1,500 teachers, and 63,000 students.
In 1978, Wally received a Diplôme de Citation from the Haitian Department of Education for his work in rural education. He also received the Award of Distinction from Rockford College in 1983 for his humanitarian work in Haiti.
Wally and Betty have three children; Wallace III, Andrew Roy, and Elizabeth Jane, all of whom were born and raised in Haiti and now live in the United States.
Wally’s interests include photography, travel, computer graphics design, the Turnbull Clan, and gardening.