The University of Arizona


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Birth Date: 1952
Birth Place: Phoenix, AZ

Honored By

Donor names:   Pamela J. Turbeville
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Leaf Tile - small
Location on plaza map: C2
Areas of Achievement: Business, Community Building, Volunteer
Kay attended the University of Arizona in the 70s. Subsequently, she returned to California and began a career in real estate, becoming an award-winning realtor in Newport Beach. At the same time, she practiced “giving back” as a tireless volunteer in Charity League, Children’s Home Society, President of the Women’s Club in Lido, etc.

Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Businesswoman, Volunteer. It is hard to look at a young co-ed at the University of Arizona and know where she will make her mark. Decades later, it becomes clear.

Simply, one classification does not fit Kay Turbeville Polovina, as she has excelled in business, family and community. Her daughter said it well, "She is the mom that everyone wants as their mom." Others would add friend, aunt, daughter, and more to the list.

In all these roles, there are several common threads. She is the one who organizes and makes things happen, whether it is emergency housing for a sailing team or the perfect surprise party. She cares and is the one who can be counted on. In addition, she is the one who wants to make things special and memorable just because she enjoys it.

Thus it is my privilege to honor a special person, my sister, Kay Turbeville Polovina. -- Pamela J. Turbeville