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Wear Nothing But A Smile: Prominent Nude Activist Turner V. Stokes Dies At 90

Turner V. Stokes’ favorite outfit was when he was wearing — as he liked to say — nothing but a smile.

The 90-year-old leader of various nudist organizations died Saturday from prostate cancer in Nanjemoy, Md.

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1927, Stokes enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and later worked for military contractors testing electronic equipment.

Turner V. Stokes died Saturday from prostate cancer.
Turner V. Stokes died Saturday [23/6/2018] from prostate cancer. Courtesy of the American Association for Nude Recreation

He told the Washington Post’s Lee Hockstader in 1984 that when he was younger, he sometimes went skinny-dipping with his cousin in the Chesapeake Bay and remembered as a teenager seeing his first nudist magazine, called Sunshine and Health. But it wasn’t until he turned 50 that he persuaded his wife at the time to join him at a nudist camp in Pennsylvania.

The Post reports that he said he was drawn to nudism for its “physical feeling,” which he felt was “mentally stimulating” and gave a “feeling of freedom.”

In the 1980s, Stokes fancied himself a “naturist,” which, he explained to the Post, was different from a “nudist.” Naturists preferred to be nude in nature — not confined to a camp or resort like nudists. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: NPR

Original publication June 26, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 4th July 2018

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