By Eylül 22, 2021 No Comments



On September 15, 2021 our dear friend Taylan Sabuncuoğlu passed away at Koç University Hospital, where he was being treated for the last 5 months.

I say we because Taylan, Mehmet, İzzet and I started a friendship 58 years ago which never faltered.

I had just finished my military service and was 15 days late in starting my college education at Robert College and somehow the 4 of us just ended up as buddies. We studied together, had fun together and this continued even after some of us went away for a while:

That’s our graduation day picture below.

  • Izzet İncekere went to Colby College as an exchange student in our junior year.
  • I went to graduate school in Michigan and was away for 6 years.
  • Mehmet Önkal worked in London for 5 years and in Hong Kong for 2.

But our friendship continued as if we had never been apart, upon returning to Istanbul.

I was into resistance training and running in the Belgrade Forrest during our college days, and Taylan used to say “Why are you busting your ass like this, just to live a few more years than I.”

My reply was; “No buddy its to be healthy while I live and minimize the damage from our bad habits.”

He never bought that.

As you can see from the below picture of one of our once a month lunch meeting at our alumni club (Bizim Tepe), which we haven’t restarted after the Covid-19 pandemic, Taylan had put on some weight.

In his youth he was an excellent water skier. When his mother told us to get today’s lunch we would snorkel and spear a few fish.

Taylan lost 2 older brothers and a younger sister at very young ages. Even though we never discussed “epigenetics”, I’m sure that he though his genetic inheritance of did not promise him a long life.  I wish I had discussed epigenetics with him hoping that he would take better care of himself.

Please read my posts on epigenetics; to turn off your bad genes and turn on your good genes you have to do 3 things:

  • Eat properly
  • Move (exercise)
  • Attain a calm state of mind (meditate)

May our bellowed brother rest in peace. We’ll miss you Taylan.

That’s it for now; see you all the next time.


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