President Richard C. Levin wrote to the Yale community today with very sad news:
"I write with shock and sadness to let you know that Frank M. Turner, John Hay Whitney Professor of History and University Librarian, died suddenly this morning. Frank was a dedicated member of the Yale community. In addition to serving on the faculty, Frank was the University Provost from 1988 to 1992, Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for seven years, and interim University Librarian since January. He had just begun his term as University Librarian in September.
Frank will be greatly missed. He was a wise counselor, brilliant scholar, skilled administrator, and a friend and colleague to many. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Ellen Tillotson."
The Library staff and trustees share President Levin's sadness at the loss and add our condolences to his wife.