In Memoriam --
Pinar Arcan (FOT)
Pinar Arcan, Librarian
73, librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, died Sept. 17,
2016 at Georgetown Hospital. She had cancer.
was born in Istanbul, Turkey and came to the United States with her father
when she was 13. She became a U.S. citizen while keeping her dual
citizenship with Turkey.
graduated from the University of Maryland in 1967 and was inducted into the
Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She also earned a Masterís degree in English
Literature from the University of Maryland in 1970, and a Masterís degree in
Library Science from The Catholic University of America in 1989.
at the Textile Museum before joining the DC Public Library staff in 1994.
She spent most of her career at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.
She was very active in Turkish-American associations, as well as the
American Library Association.
survived by her aunt Handan Ertuğrul of Istanbul, Turkey. Her father Mustafa
Necati Arcan and mother Perran Uran Arcan predeceased her in Istanbul.
Washington and beyond, she touched many lives, was surrounded by friends and
colleagues, and will be greatly missed.
thanks to Joan Strickler Weeks
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loved and respected coworker, Pınar Arcan, passed away on September 17th,
2016. Please join us at the historic MLK Jr. Memorial Library, where she
worked for many years, to celebrate her life and legacy. There will be an
open mic opportunity to share stories about Pınar, poetry, song, photos,
and more. Light refreshments will be provided.
Melinda Maccall, Maggie Gilmore, Lauren Welch, Joan Weeks
and Diane Mohr have contributed to organizing this celebration. A special
thanks to DCPL Administrators for allowing us to use the facility after
hours, to Public Safety for extending their day, and to Facilities staff who
will help with the event.
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Pınar ate with Joan (T-9) Strickler Weeks
and John Weeks, and us, Sandy (T-13) and Charlie Anderson, at the 2015
Cumhuriyet Bayram Dinner for DC, Virginia, and Maryland. At Pınarís
suggestion, Charlie established a website to display his photos and had
business cards printed.
Joan and I met her through her father,
Necati Arcan. He was teaching Turkish classes in Washington, DC that we
attended when we returned from service in 1967 & 68. Joan and Pınar met
again, and became fast friends as they both worked for the Library of
Congress, and the District of Columbia Public Library. They were companions
to Library conventions traveling to sometimes different nations.
At our dinner in 2015, she presented a
framed photo from the D.C. Folklife Festival of Dave Weinman, John Wintrol,
Linda Scheffer and myself, and I promised to make copies and share them.
--from Sandy Anderson
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Notice from The Washington Post,
November 15, 2016:
Pinar Arcan, librarian
73, a librarian who had spent the past 22 years at the Martin Luther King
Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, died Sept. 17 at a hospital in the
District. The cause was cancer, said a friend and colleague, Joan Weeks.
Ms. Arcan, a
resident of Washington, was born in Ankara and emigrated to the United
States when she was 13. She was a receptionist at the Textile Museum in
Washington from 1974 until joining the library. She was a volunteer at the
American-Turkish Association of Washington.