Deepest Condolences to the Akçasu Family!

We are deeply saddened with the loss of long time Michigan resident and TACAM member Ziya Akçasu (96) on Saturday November 6, 2021.

He is survived by a daughter (Nur), two sons (Feza and Aydın), and three grandchildren (Audrey, Brian, and Nora).

Ziya (Ahmed Ziayeddin) Akçasu who was born in 1925 in Aydın graduated from Istanbul Technical University in 1948 with a B.S. degree in electronics. He continued in the academia and became an associate professor at the same university. In 1957 he came to the US with the Eisenhover fellowship to work at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago for two years. Then he started the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering department. He completed the program in 1963 and became a faculty at the same department and retired in 1995 but continued to work until 2010 as an emeritus professor.

During his academic life he had numerous accomplishments. He was also a pioneer participant for several technological advancements in Turkey such as the establishment of the first TV broadcasting in Istanbul in 1952, and the advancement of Küçükçekmece Nuclear Research and Training Center in Istanbul between 1969 and 1970.

Ziya amca was a sincere and gentle person. He was the oldest member in our community and the only person who had seen M.K. Atatürk, when he was a child. He always enjoyed coming to TACAM events and until recently he continued to participae especially the nationally important day celebrations such as Aug 30, Oct 29, Nov 10, Mar 18, and May 19.

You can find more information about his life at the interview that was done by Nilüfer Esen-Bilgin and Özgü Turgut in the TACAM Newsletter 2015 issue (pg 5-6).

We surely miss him a lot. Rest in Peace Ziya amca!

Funeral will be held privately among the family members.
We extend our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.