ROANOKE (WSLS) - The Salem-Roanoke County Bar Association is reporting that Senior Federal District Judge James Turk passed away Sunday night at home.
He was 91 years old.
Born in Roanoke, Turk was a World War II veteran, serving as an Army Staff Sergeant from 1943 to 1946. After graduating from Roanoke College, he received his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1952. .
He practiced law in Radford until 1972, and was a member of the State Senate from 1959 to 1972. He was minority leader from 1965 to 1972.
On September 25, 1972, Turk was nominated by President Nixon to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 12, and received his commission five days later.
Turk served as chief judge from 1973 to 1993, assuming senior status on November 1, 2002.