Sudqi Alayyan Obituary

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Sudqi Hussein Alayyan

February 15, 1943 - June 14, 2011
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Adored husband, father, and teacher, Sudqi Alayyan, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. He was 68 years old. Sudqi was born on February 15, 1943, in Al-Abbassiyah, Palestine to Hussein Alayyan and Hafeetha Malak. He was their youngest son and the eighth of nine children. In 1948, he and his family moved to Amman, Jordan, where Sudqi spent the majority of his childhood. Sudqi left Jordan to study civil engineering, but living in the Middle East during a tumultuous time in the 1950's and 1960's, he also became involved in political activism. Ever the traveler and ever a man of many interests, he continued his...
Adored husband, father, and teacher, Sudqi Alayyan, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. He was 68 years old.

Sudqi was born on February 15, 1943, in Al-Abbassiyah, Palestine to Hussein Alayyan and Hafeetha Malak. He was their youngest son and the eighth of nine children. In 1948, he and his family moved to Amman, Jordan, where Sudqi spent the majority of his childhood.

Sudqi left Jordan to study civil engineering, but living in the Middle East during a tumultuous time in the 1950's and 1960's, he also became involved in political activism. Ever the traveler and ever a man of many interests, he continued his studies in engineering whilst pursuing his passion for political justice, which took him to Beirut, Cairo, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, where he finished his degree in civil engineering in 1965. Sudqi then worked for the Ministry of Interior and Welfare in Jordan as a Land Property Estimator. In 1967, he moved to Kuwait to work as a civil engineer and land surveyor for the Ministry of Public Works. After the death of his parents, Sudqi moved to the United States in 1973. His beloved brother, Fakhary, had contacts in Cisco, Texas, so Sudqi chose that as his first home in the U.S. Over the next ten years, he worked as a college math instructor at Cisco Junior College, owned an electronics business in Tahoka, Texas, and began his graduate studies in electrical engineering technology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He began working as a lecturer in the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas Tech in 1978, where he was awarded tenure and made Associate Professor in 2001. He served as coordinator and undergraduate advisor until his retirement in 2010. In 2011, he was award the title of Associate Professor Emeritus.

As with all things, Professor Alayyan had a great passion for teaching. He loved and respected his students, as they did him. He was awarded numerous teaching awards during his career, all of which he hung proudly on the walls of his office.

Sudqi's greatest passion in life was his family. In 1977, he met and married West Texas native, Mary Whitaker, whose heart he won with his famous hummus. Together with Mary, and her daughter Laura, they began a family, joined in the next few years by children Amber and Hussein. He loved entertaining his family and friends with food, stories, jokes, and songs-often all at the same time. Whether singing Arabic music while cooking, or Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" on road-trips, Sudqi made sure his audience was smiling, if not laughing.

In Arabic, the word Sudqi is a derivative of the word for truth. Fittingly, his honesty was one of his most renowned attributes. Always paradoxical, he could be simultaneously direct and warm-hearted, humble and proud. He lived his life with great dignity, laughter, and vigor. He always encouraged his children and students to "be the best," and he taught them by example.

Sudqi leaves behind his wife, Mary; daughter, Amber; son, Hussein, step-daughter, Laura; new grandson, Elias; his three brothers Walid, Mustafa, and Awni and two sisters Nesreen and Heyam, along with countless other relatives in Jordan; and most recently, his new friend Jiles, the cat. He often referred to his children as his "globes". To them, he will always be the sun they orbit.

Funeral services will be held at the Islamic Center of the South Plains, 3419 LaSalle Avenue, Lubbock, Texas on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 2:45pm. Arrangements are under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home. Please join us in celebrating Sudqi's life by visiting his memorial at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.

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