Prior to enrolling at Roanoke College, Mr. Turk served in the United States Army during the second World War and saw combat action in Europe. An economics major at Roanoke College, Mr. Turk subsequently attended the law school at Washington and Lee and was an editor on the law review. His legal career began in Virginia, where he was an attorney at the Roanoke law firm of Dodson, Pence & Coulter before becoming in-house counsel for the Radford Army Arsenal in 1954. He remained at the Radford Arsenal until 1959, when he transferred to the Hercules (the owner of the Radford Army Arsenal) home office in Wilmington, DE. Turk worked as an in-house counsel in the Delaware office from 1959 to 1966, when he was named a senior counsel in 1966. He was subsequently the corporation's general counsel in 1976. He was elected corporate secretary in 1980 and assumed the position of Vice-President and general counsel in January, 1982. Turk was elected to Hercules' board of directors in October, 1987. He retired from Hercules in October of 1990.
While Mr. Turk has been first-and-foremost a practicing attorney, he has been involved in education as well. In 1972, he was elected to the position of Rector of Board of Visitors at Radford University. Mr. Turk served as Rector from 1972 to 1976, and then returned for a second term on the Board of Visitors. Mr. Turk also served a single term as a member of the Board of Visitors at George Mason University. Finally, Mr. Turk also served on the Washington and Lee Alumni Board. In terms of charitable work, Mr. Turk is on the board of directors of the Wilmington Institute and the Kenneth Pike Association in Wilmington, DE.
During his legal career, Turk was a member of a number of professional organizations. They include the American Bar Association, the Mid-Atlantic Legal Foundation (board of directors), the Virginia Bar Association, the Delaware Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, the Philadelphia Patent Law Association, the National Security Industrial Association, the Southwestern Legal Foundation (Advisory Board), the National Association of Manufacturers, Bar Examiners-Delaware Chapter, and the Manufacturers Chemists Association (Legal Advisory Committee), and the Association of General Counsel. Turk is admitted to practice in Delaware and Virginia, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.