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Zeyn Nasut Uzman
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  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    3711 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48201

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A photograph of Cicianne and Nasut Dede from 2009 “I was about 14 years old at the time, and I was coming along with my mother on our weekly visits to see Cicianne and Nasut Dede. I was excited for...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Erol Ahmed - San Francisco, CA

“All of us at DFI Bridge Corporation & Don Facciobene, Inc. extend our sympathy and prayers to the Uzman family in the loss of their father. Each of...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: DFI Bridge Corporation/Don Facciobene, Inc. - FL

“Death is inevitable but the news still stings just the same. Our elder generation of loved ones are slowly departing, leaving us with a void that...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Nilgun Mandal - Trooy, MI

“As a friend and colleague of Zeyn, we were lucky enough to have met his Dad when he visited Pennsylvania. We could tell he was a man of sincerity and...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Scott and Delphine - Malvern, PA

“Mr. Uzman was such a kind, generous, intelligent, patient, driven and giving man. My mother, Linda, and I cleaned his house together, bi-weekly, for...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Dianna Fry - MI - friend

“Dear Uzman Family, I would like to express my condolences for the loss of your beloved father. I wish I had known him before, still I feel myself...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Nilufer Esen-Bilgin

“Mr. Uzman's son, Zeyn, is my best friend since our college days at UM. I accompanied Zeyn on several occasions to visit his parents when we were in...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Fernando del Rosario - Greenville, DE

“My condolences to the family and friends of Nasut. I will always remember his warm and generous nature with everyone. He was well informed on many...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ferid Ahmed - Shelby Township, MI

“Whenever I think of "Mr. Uzman" as he was to me as a child, I remember him coming home from work and then coming outside to sit in the garden area...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Tyree McDougall - Cedarburg, WI

Zeyn Nasut Uzman, age 87. Beloved husband of Ayten, who proceeded him in death, He is survived by his brother Culmut; sons Akif (Amy) Uzman and Zeyn (Debra) Uzman; grandchildren, Jacob and Seth Uzman; and his precious feline companion, Rascal. Nasut was born July 16, 1927 in Istanbul, Turkey. Nasut was one of five children of Mazhar and Saadat Uzman. His father started the first Psychiatric Hospital in Turkey. From his father, he learned to respect and honor people from all walks of life. He could make anyone from the cashier at the local market to a CEO of a large engineering firm feel valued.

He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Roberts College in Istanbul. During College, he developed an interest in the Cello, taking lesson from the sister of Ayten, his future wife. Ayten and Nasut immigrated to the United States in 1951 and married in Detroit, Michigan. They were happily married for the next 60 years. Nasut received his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1952. Shortly thereafter, he began working at Smith, Hinchman and Grylls (SH&G) in Detroit. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. During his 40 year career with SH&G, Nasut was a well-respected structural and foundation engineer, consulting on many projects around the world, including the Renaissance Center and Michigan Consolidated Gas Building in Detroit, the underground laboratory in Houston, where moon rocks were examined during the Apollo space program, and the Corvette assembly building in Kentucky. He also was one of the first engineers to be certified to design fallout shelters during the 1960s. In the 1970s, he became a professor at Lawrence Institute of Technology. After retiring from SH&G, he began his own consulting business and practiced engineering for another 20 years until his 84th birthday.

When he was not working, Nasut loved to paint landscapes, work on his extensive stamp collection, and raise vegetables in his garden. He was also a supporter of the Detroit Symphony, Detroit Opera House, and Detroit Ballet, which he enjoyed attending with Ayten. He could often be seen in Warren, riding his bicycle to the store. Nasut was a proud and loving father to his sons, and mentor to his grandsons. He will be missed by all his friends and family.

Visitation for Nasut will take place on Wednesday, May 27th from 6-9 p.m., with a 7:30 pm Eulogy Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. Closing Prayers will be held on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with burial immediately afterwards at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

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