TUROK, HillelBorn: 1921 09 11
Reg No: 1101
Year registered: 1948
Dip Arch (Cape Town); DArch (Cape Town).
CPIA (1948); ISAA (1948); ARIBA.
Was born in Latvia of Harry and Rachel Vita Turok. They emigrated to South Africa in 1934, possibly to escape the prevailing persecutions of the Jews taking place in Europe at that time. He was schooled at Cape Town High School and received further education at Cape Town Technical College. He studied architecture at the University of Cape Town School of Architecture. During the Second World War he saw service with the UCT Brigade Engineering Corps and the Anti-Aircraft Corps. He furthered his higher education at UCLA, Columbia USA. He worked in the USA, for Foorees, Walker, Foley, Smith and Smith (New York), thereafter O'Connor and Kilham (New York). On his return to South Africa he established and was principal of HILLEL TUROK and ASSOCIATES. Later the practice changed its style to that of TUROK, DEKKER and ZIEPER where he remained principal. He was actively engaged in the Jewish Community of the Cape, serving as delegate to the Cape Jewish Board of Deputies (1951-1953). He was member of the Camps Bay Hebrew Community whom he served as Councillor (1954-1956) and as Secretary to the Building Committee. He was actively engaged in the Arts and served as Vice-President of the Cape Arts Centre (1963-1964).
In 1949 he married Bessie Ann Rom by whom he had two sons and a daughter.
(Expanded from entry submitted by William MARTINSON)
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