Ibrahim Sekercioglu of Muskegon, Mich., died Jan. 10, 2007, at his home. He was 65.

He was born at Bergama, Turkey, April 15, 1941. In 1961, he immigrated to the United States to study at Alfred University where he earned MA and PhD degrees in ceramic engineering, and met his future wife, Mary Johnson.

After graduation, he returned to Turkey and served in the Turkish military as an officer and translator for NATO. Sekercioglu returned to the U.S. in 1974, and earned his citizenship in 1985. He pursued an R&D career in ceramic engineering and was awarded several patents for his work.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, two sons, a brother and two sisters.

An emeritus member of ACerS, he was affiliated with the Basic Science Division and ACerS’ National Institute of Ceramic Engineers.