Medford “Turp” Turrentine began working as the first black UPS Driver in the Minnesota District in May of 1966. Turp worked as a Package delivery driver for 2 years and was then promoted to an On-Car Delivery Supervisor and became the first black management person in the Minnesota District. Over the next seven years, Turp held several management positions in Human Resources, working in Employment, Safety, and Hub Personnel. He was also the Big Idea Editor, TLA Coordinator/Safety Manager, Tractor Trailer Driver Training School Instructor, and Personnel Manager.
In the 1980’s Turp accepted a special assignment in a different field. Turp took on the role of the District Technology Manager, where he installed and trained UPSers on system wide applications in Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma and throughout Corporate. Turp retired from UPS in July 2000 as a Region Technology Manager in the Texas and Oklahoma Districts.
In March of 1988, Turp joined the MARCH FOUNDATION board in Dallas, TX and worked as their recording secretary until November 2007. In June of 2017, Turp rejoined the MARCH FOUNDATION board and began to share his love for technology. Turp assisted in the implementation of the Single City initiative involving STEM cell training at the Perot Museum in Dallas and contributed with the revamping of the MARCH Foundation Web Site.
Turp has been married been married for 56 years to his high school sweetheart, Sametta. Together they have two daughters and 6 grandchildren.
Favorite “Turpism” If I told you a mouse could pull a house, don’t ask questions, just hook it up.