Mohamed Ali Makhlouf
Mohamed Ali Makhlouf died April 17, 2019 at his home in Bangor after a brief illness. Born December 26, 1926, he was 92 years old. Like all Americans that came before us, Mohamed was an immigrant and proud to be a citizen of our great nation. He, his family and his neighbors fled their homes from the attack on Haifa, Palestine in 1948. He was the oldest of the family of ten and they settled in Cairo, Egypt.
Mohamed later worked in Libya as a translator and teacher. He originally came to the U.S. only to learn a new trade - TV repair, but always inquisitive, kept studying and eventually received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975. He was a non-traditional student, being much older than any of the rest of the class. Mohamed worked his way through college, including as the Sears TV repairman, based out of Bangor. After graduating from the University of Maine, he taught in Algeria, translated technical journals, and had a 20-year career at Wang Laboratories in Massachusetts designing computer systems. Before beginning his technical studies, he had varied jobs including working for the United Nations as an interpreter. Mohamed was a polyglot, speaking as many as 8 languages.
In 2016, Mohamed was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Francis Crowe Society, which recognizes University of Maine engineering graduates and distinguished alumni. His senior project involved developing a communication device for a paralyzed child, who could not speak and could only move one finger. Exceeding expectations, the boy lived into his forties and wrote prolifically. Mohamed thereby met his love, Gerry, through his contacts with United Cerebral Palsy.
Mohamed was a wonderful husband, stepfather, grandfather, beloved uncle and loyal friend to those who knew and loved him. His manner was always that of a worldly, often courtly gentleman. He was a generous and brilliant man. A common theme when talking to his family and friends is that he was "the kindest and wisest man they ever knew". Mohamed was predeceased by his parents, Ali and Nafisa (grandparents Makhlouf and Khdija), and most of his siblings; his wife of many years, Geraldine Kearns-Makhlouf, nee Bartlett; and his stepson, Dana Kearns. He is survived by a stepson; grandchildren Brian, Kelly and Jonathan Kearns; daughter in law, Susan Kearns; brother in law Raymond Bartlett and his wife Sonia; nephews, Stephen Kearns and his wife Kate, and Kenneth Kearns and his wife Debbie Calavas; a niece, Cynthia Kearns; and assorted grandnieces and nephews; as well as dear friends Carole Saulnier/Bob Zack and Jeff Jones/Nancy Jacobson.
A celebration of life will be held 2 pm. Sunday July 28, 2019 at Solstice Senior Living, 922 Ohio St., Bangor, burial will follow.
Condolences to his family and friends may be expressed at Brookings-Smith.com.
Those who wish to remember Mohamed in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the University of Maine Foundation, Buchanan Alumni House, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469 toward his scholarship for electrical and computer engineering students. Mohamed Ali Makhlouf '75 Scholarship Fund Memorial Giving site: https://umainefoundation.org/about-the-foundation/memorial/
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