Male, born 1891-11-08, died 1953-04-01

Associated with the firm network

Kahn, Albert, Associates, Incorporated, Architects and Engineers

Professional History


Draftsman, San Francisco, CA, 1911-1913.

Engineer, Portland, Oregon, 1913-1915.

Consulting Engineer, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA, c. 1913. At this time, J. Gordon Turnbull worked with the Supervising Architect of the Seattle Public Schools, Edgar Blair. (See The Architects' Directory and Specification Index for 1913-1914, [New York: William T. Comstock Company, 1913], p. 27.)

Partner, W. A. Kramer Company, Portland, OR.

Engineer, Albert Kahn Associates, Incorporated, Architects and Engineers, Detroit, MI, c. 1919. Turnbull worked within the Kahn firm on the Burroughs Adding Machine Company Plant in Detroit, MI, c. 1919. (See "Burroughs Adding Machine Company," The Labor Saver, number 88, 07/1919, p. 8.)

Construction Engineer, G.M. Corporation (Detroit Diesel, Allison Engine, Electro-Motive plants), Detroit, MI, 1938-1941.

President/Chief Executive Officer, J. Gordon Turnbull, Incorporated, Consulting Engineers, Cleveland, OH, 1941-1953. This firm designed many military and manufacturing facilities and processing plants across North America. Turnbull had a specialty designing synthetic rubber manufacturing plants in the US. In 1944, J. Gordon Turnbull, Incorporated, had its main office at 2630 Chester Avenue in Cleveland, but also maintained two branch offices, one in the 1st National Bank Building in Dallas, TX, and the other in the Fidelity Building, Kansas City, MO.

Professional Activities

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).



Engineering coursework, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, 1907-1910



His parents were Alexander Turnbull and Margaret Noakes.


He married Susan Aycock in 1938.


He and Susan Aycock had three children: John Gordon Turnbull, Alexander Turnbull and Susan Gay Turnbull.

Biographical Notes

Member, Rainier Club, Seattle, WA.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 7933