Janet E. 'Jan' Turner, speech pathologist

Janet E. "Jan" Turner, who was director of Kennedy Krieger Institute's speech-language and assistive technology Department, died May 15 of cancer at her Ruxton home. She was 63.

The daughter of Thomas Turner, a mechanical engineer, and Jane Turner, a special-education teacher, Janet Elaine Turner was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Monroeville, Pa., where she graduated from Gateway High School.


She earned a bachelor's degree in 1975 in speech-language pathology and audiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In 1976, she earned a master's degree in speech pathology from Syracuse University, and in 1987 she received a doctorate in speech communication from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Turner received a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1978.

From 1985 to 1989, she was an assistant professor in communication disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She was a postdoctoral fellow in neurology at the Johns Hopkins University from 1989 to 1991.

Until retiring on a medical disability in April, Dr. Turner had been director for the last 25 years of the speech-language pathology and assistive technology department at Kennedy Krieger.

She was also an assistant professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Turner was nationally known as a clinician in pediatric speech and language disorders "and for having an outstanding clinical training program," wrote her husband of 23 years, John M. Heinz, a semi-retired Kennedy Krieger research scientist, in a biographical profile of his wife.

Dr. Turner was president-elect of the Council on Academic Accreditation, which accredits clinical doctorate and master's programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.

She enjoyed knitting, sewing and scrapbooking. She also liked to sail with her husband and a crew of friends aboard their boat, the Roadrunner.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her stepson, Michael Heinz of West Lafayette, Ind.; a sister, Carolyn Turner Getsie of Monroeville; several nieces and nephews; and two grandchildren.