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Lisa Pumphrey Turner, artist, philanthropist

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Thursday, March 10, 2011; 10:47 PM

Lisa Pumphrey Turner

artist, philanthropist

Lisa Pumphrey Turner, 73, a Washington artist who sat on the boards of several cultural and philanthropic organizations, died Feb. 26 at her home in Bonita Springs, Fla. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mrs. Turner, who also maintained a home in Bethesda, came to the Washington area in 1965. She was a well-regarded impressionist-style painter, and her work hangs in the National Museum of Women in the Arts and many private collections.

Mrs. Turner served on the boards of the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Kennedy Center's Young Concert Artists Series and the American Heart Association.

Lisa Rosina von Haam was born in New Orleans and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University and studied painting in San Francisco and at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

She enjoyed tennis and golf and was a member of the Congressional Country Club.

Her husband of 47 years, Dr. Robert E. Pumphrey Jr., died in 2006.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Richard H. Turner, whom she married in March 2010, of Bonita Springs; three children from her first marriage, Shelley L. Pumphrey of Potomac, Kristin E. Pumphrey of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington County and Robert E. Pumphrey III of Kensington; three stepchildren, Jeffrey Turner and Thomas Turner, both of Columbus, and Stephen Turner of Palo Alto, Calif.; a brother, Dr. Emmerich von Haam of Atlanta; three sisters, Joelyn V. Yoder of Baltimore, Carol V. Kuehl of Potomac and Linda V. Fontana of Columbus; and four grandchildren.

- Matt Schudel


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