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Ali F. Sevin, transportation official

Ali F. Sevin
transportation official

Ali F. Sevin, 82, who retired in 1990 as director of the Federal Highway Administration’s office of environmental policy, died June 25 at Georgetown University Hospital in the District.

He had cancer, said his wife, Nancy Sevin. Mr. Sevin was a Fort Washington resident and had lived in the Washington area for nearly five decades.

Mr. Sevin joined the Federal Highway Administration in Washington in 1964 after working for about a decade with the Louisiana state transportation department in Baton Rouge. He received several professional honors from the federal government.

Ali Ferda Sevin was born in Istanbul. He immigrated to the United States in 1953 after graduating from Robert College of Istanbul and received a master’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University in 1954. He was a naturalized U.S. citizen.

His memberships included the American-Turkish Association of Washington, the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, of which he was a past president, and the Broad Creek Yacht and Recreation Club in Fort Washington.

His son Alan Sevin died in 1999. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Tison Sevin of Fort Washington; three children, Darlene Sampson of Fort Washington, Eda Walker of Dry Prong, La., and Erol Sevin of Springfield; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Emily Langer

Emily Langer is a reporter on The Washington Post’s obituaries desk. She has written about national and world leaders, celebrated figures in science and the arts, and heroes from all walks of life.

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