Dr. Pauline (Polly) Turner, a longtime faculty member in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico, died at her home on Monday, Jan. 26, 2016.

A memorial service for Turner will be held Friday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 at the UNM Alumni Memorial chapel on main campus.

Turner was well-known and admired for her advocacy for families and children in New Mexico and across the nation. She was instrumental in developing New Mexico's birth to third grade license, and advocated for legislation to establish the Office of Child Development in the Children Youth and Families Department. 

She came to Albuquerque in 1977, where she was a professor of Family Studies for the remainder of her career. She served in the Faculty Senate for many years and was president of the senate in 1984-1985.

Turner was educated in the public schools in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she was an honor student. Coming from a family that valued education, she earned a Ph.D. from UT-Austin in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. She was a fan of the University of Texas and University of Alabama’s football teams.

Turner stayed active in the community even after her retirement. She was a member of the UNM Retiree Association on the benefits committee.