Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph M. (Biff) Turner, 63, who recently retired as director of acquisitions law at the Aerospace Industries Association in Washington, died Saturday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had cancer.
Col. Turner was born in Camus, Wash., and grew up in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and in 1941 enlisted in the old Army Air Corps as a navigator.
He was responsible for charting the initial air transport routes over Northern Africa during World War II, and later was assigned to the American Bombing Command in London. He received the Bronze Star.
Col. Turner returned to this country in 1945 and came to this area. He was stationed first a Andrews Air Force Base, with the Air Transport Command and later at the Pentagon. He entered the George Washington University Law School, and received a law degree in 1954.
He retired from active duty in 1965 and joined the Aerospace Industries Association where he was director of acquisition law and deputy director of procurement services. He lived in Falls Church.
Col. Turner was a member of the American and D. C. Bar Associations and the Retired Officers Association.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, and a son, Kim, both of Falls Church; and a brother, Richard J. of Portland, Ore.