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October 30, 1933 - June 13, 2011

Engin Uralman, 77, of Manhattan Beach passed away on June 13, 2011 from complications following heart surgery. Over the years, Engin was truly the happiest when he was aboard his boat, whether in King Harbor, or at Catalina, or somewhere in between. A life-long love of sailing and of the sea was instilled in him from childhood, having grown up in a Turkish Naval officer's family.

Born October 30, 1933, in Istanbul, Turkey, he came to New York aboard the Queen Mary in January of 1952, and enthusiastically embraced his life in America. Engin graduated from Bayside High, Long Island, New York, and earned two bachelors' degrees and a master's degree from Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State University). He moved to Southern California, subsequently served in the U.S. Army in Germany, and proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1962.

Although he displayed early talent as an artist, Engin's chosen career was teaching World and American History. He was a highly respected high school teacher in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District for two decades. He later taught for many years in the U. S. Navy's "Program for Afloat College Education" while deployed around the world on Navy ships. While at sea and during the first Gulf War, in addition to his regular shipboard classroom schedule, Engin was selected by the Command to provide briefings to Naval officers about the history and evolution of modern day political realities in the Middle East. Because of his service to the Navy and his expertise, Engin was awarded the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. After the thrill of traveling with the Navy, he (reluctantly) decided to teach on-line from home in recent years. During much of his professional career, he and his family also owned and operated a preschool, Creative Nursery Center, in Huntington Beach, from 1968 through 1996.

He was a patriotic American, an educator and historian, an avid sailor and traveler, and an exuberant football and world soccer fan. He also enjoyed good music, good brandy, and the occasional cigar. Engin is survived by his wife of 20 years, Fran Baker Uralman of Manhattan Beach; daughters, Nili Wojtkiewicz and Sara Ekberg and their mother, Shirley Uralman; and grandsons, Neil Wojtkiewicz and Leif Ekberg, all of Huntington Beach; and his sister, Sevil Uralman Cook of Santa Rosa.

He was predeceased by his beloved father and mother, Riza and Naile Uralman, as well as two cherished pets, Anjin-San and Maggie. Private services will be held for family and friends. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 8, 2011
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