Yüksel Oktay of Washington, NJ passed away at home on Saturday on his 75th birthday, April 14, 2012.
Mr. Oktay was born on April 14, 1937, in Niğde, Turkey. He went to Talas American School and Tarsus American High School in Turkey and received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science from Antioch College, Ohio, and his M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering from Columbia University, New York.
Mr. Yüksel Oktay was a prolific writer in issues ranging from Turkish politics to Armenian relations, and especially in regards to his unending love and respect for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Although an engineer by profession, he was more of a tireless traveling reporter writing from many parts of the world.
Mr. Yüksel Oktay was a founding member and first president in 1970 of Society of Turkish American Engineers, Scientists and Architects (MIM), New York, NY and was a founding member of the Project Management Institute, Istanbul, Turkey. He was also the president of the Federation of the Turkish American Associations (FTAA) in New York in 1973. Yüksel was a visionary, an intellectual, an avid reader of history, and a prolific researcher and writer. He always fought for the truth and justice and he did that with endless energy, determination, compassion, and elegance. During the few past years, he was leading a great project for the establishment of a Turkish Library and Museum. Yüksel is survived by his wife of 52 years, 3 children, 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
The family is having a park bench built at the Clinton Library of Hunterdon County, North County Branch in Clinton, NJ and placed outside the library with a plaque in Yüksel's honor. In lieu of flowers, please plant a rose bush or cherry blossom tree in his memory.