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Oral History Interview with Jafar Hussain Siddiqui

Jafar (Jeff) Siddiqui was born in Peshwar in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan shortly after the Partition of India and Pakistan. Having grown up in a military family, Mr. Siddiqui lived in various parts of Pakistan and completed his university education in engineering at Sind University in Jamshoro. After his degree, Mr. Siddiqui decided to apply to a number of schools in the United States to pursue his Masters in Engineering. He arrived at the University of Washington in 1974 with plans to join the Aeronautical Engineering department, but soon switched over to the newly formed Industrial Engineering department where he eventually earned his Masters degree. While at the University of Washington, Mr. Siddiqui was heavily involved with student politics and worked with organizations like the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS), the Commission for International Students, and the Pakistan Student Association. After graduating, Mr. Siddiqui moved to England to pursue work with the Coca-Cola Company, where he put together a recycling program that was copied all over Great Britain and parts of Europe. One of his energy-conservation projects won the Queen's Commendation Certificate. After working there for about three years, Mr. Siddiqui returned to the United States and married his long-distance sweetheart, Kathy Albia. Upon returning to the U.S., Mr. Siddiqui worked for a while in the construction industry and moved into real estate. He is also involved with various inter-faith community organizations and speaks on issues of importance to the Muslim community and for other social justice causes. He is currently a successful real estate agent in the region. He currently lives in Lynnwood with his wife Kathy and has two children, Heather and Arman.

Date: June 29, 2007
Subject(s): Jafar Hussain Siddiqui
Type: Oral History
Language: English
Creator: Amy Bhatt
Location: Washington

Holding Institution: University of Washington
Collection: South Asian Oral History Project at the University of Washington
Additional Information: Phase 2
Item History: 2017-01-22 (created); 2017-01-22 (modified)

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