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Hilkat Aral

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Hilkat Aral In Memoriam
July 9, 1920 - September 28, 2011 Always in my thoughts. The oldest of 4 siblings, Hilkat was born in Istanbul to Namik Zeki Aral, a distinguished economist and banking official, and Zahide Aral. After graduation from Robert College in Istanbul, she taught English at that institution for one year. She married a foreign service officer in 1944 and bore a son, Ahmet. After residing in Cairo, Madrid and Washington, D.C., she returned to Ankara in 1957 where she taught English at Ankara Koleji (Boys' Lyceé). Hilkat began life anew when she moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1962. She earned a Masters in Education (1964) and a certificate as Education Specialist in General Secondary Education (1967) from Wayne State University. After her son's graduation from medical school in 1970, the two moved to Los Angeles where she spent the rest of her life. In Detroit and Los Angeles, Hilkat worked in the health information field at, respectively, Henry Ford Hospital and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. After retiring in 1983, Hilkat continued to enjoy reading (English lit, mysteries, amongst others), classical music and Impressionism (Monet especially). Late in life, she put her skill with numbers to use in clinical research projects. The meticulous care exhibited in her work was incredible. She considered it creative work and a challenge. Her accomplishments are reflected in a number of papers she co-authored. Hilkat was a strong advocate of a well-rounded education, the best means for dealing with life's challenges. Mom was a quiet, private, generous person. Truly a remarkable individual, and an amazing life's adventure. Thank you, Mom, for all your support, guidance and sacrifice. You are terribly missed. Until "next time", Mom. Contributed by Ahmet Baydur, MD
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 25, 2016
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