ATAA Mourns the Passing of Founder and Former President Ali Ferda Sevin

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations mourns the passing of Ali Ferda Sevin, a founder and former President of ATAA. ATAA has lost a visionary leader and a great friend and brother.

Ali Ferda Sevin held a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Robert College, Turkey, and a master degree in the same discipline from Louisiana State University in 1954. He retired as a Director at the Office of Environmental Policy, Federal Highway Administration in 1990. Mr. Sevin served many years as a board member of the American Turkish Association of Washington, D.C. (ATADC), and is a founding father of ATAA.  He served as the first Secretary General of ATAA, first Vice-President from 1984-86, and as President from1990-92. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and four children, Selma, Eda, Alan, and Erol.

In honor of Ali Ferda Sevin’s legacy, Mrs. Nancy Sevin will host “A Special Celebration of Life” memorial, Saturday, June 30, 2012, from 1pm – 5pm at the Sevin Residence, 10806 Hill Top Drive Ft. Washington, MD 20744.  Before his passing, Ali Ferda Sevin asked that people donate generously to ATAA in lieu of sending flowers and other gifts on the occasion of this memorial.

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, Professional Staff and Volunteers express their condolences to the Sevin Family and the Turkish American community.

He will be deeply missed.  He will be a role model for all of us throughout our lives, always.
Ergün Kırlıkovalı
Assembly of Turkish American Associations