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In Memory of

Burak Guvensoylar

April 29, 1987 - May 14, 2017

Obituary


Burak Mustafa Guvensoylar, 30, of Washington, D.C., passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. Burak is survived by his girlfriend Ashley Newsome, his mother Filiz Guvensoylar, his sister Aylin Forbes, his nephew Cuneyt Forbes, his niece Senay Forbes, his aunt and uncle Ayse Berrin and Mehmet Feyyaz Erturk and their daughter Nil, a large, loving extended family, and hundreds of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ali Ihsan Guvensoylar.

Burak was born in Rochester, NY, and spent his childhood there as well as in the...

Burak Mustafa Guvensoylar, 30, of Washington, D.C., passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. Burak is survived by his girlfriend Ashley Newsome, his mother Filiz Guvensoylar, his sister Aylin Forbes, his nephew Cuneyt Forbes, his niece Senay Forbes, his aunt and uncle Ayse Berrin and Mehmet Feyyaz Erturk and their daughter Nil, a large, loving extended family, and hundreds of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ali Ihsan Guvensoylar.

Burak was born in Rochester, NY, and spent his childhood there as well as in the towns of Izmir and Cesme, Turkey. He attended the University of Georgia where he graduated in 2010 with a BA in political science. Burak worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Committee on the Judiciary, where he advised members of Congress on an array of issues, including digital privacy and intellectual property. Prior to that, he was Legislative Advisor for Congressman Randy Forbes, handling the Congressman's Judiciary Committee portfolio.

A tech policy enthusiast, Burak was a co-founder of the Congressional Tech Staff Association and served as an Executive Officer responsible for the professional development program. Prior to his career on Capitol Hill, Burak also worked at TechAmerica and CompTIA focusing on international trade policy. Burak was also active in charitable organizations, including with the Taste of the South gala, volunteering on the Georgia and Virginia Committees.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 7 pm, at the Kay Spiritual Life Center on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Burak may be directed to support Dr. Christian Meyer's synovial sarcoma research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University and mail with a memo indicating the designation and that the gift is in memory of Burak, to the Kimmel Cancer Center, PO Box 17029 Baltimore, MD 21297-1029. To make a donation online please follow the link and fill out where there are fields to note designations: https://secure.jhu.edu/form/kimmel.