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Turhan Michael Ergin Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: March 2015


Photograph of Turhan Michael Ergin

Turhan Michael Ergin was a junior in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Turhan was an actor and an athlete. He was a member of the Syracuse University Lacrosse team, and his teammates made a trip to Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1989, just one year after the bombing and crash of Pan Am Flight 103. Born May 14, 1966, he was survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. M.T. Ergin of Connecticut, and four siblings.

Turhan selected the following quote from Theodore Roosevelt for his high school year book: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat."

Scope and Content Note

The Turhan Michael Ergin Papers comprise three memorial albums prepared by Dr. and Mrs. M.T. Ergin as a tribute to their son, one of the 35 Syracuse University students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. These albums contain photocopies of: certificates of recognition for Turhan's accomplishments in swimming, lacrosse, and football; clippings by and about Turhan; programs and certificates for Turhan's many musical, dramatic, and choral accomplishments; photographs; vital records, including Turhan's birth and death certificates; letters of condolence, and materials related to memorial services; and documents related to memorials, scholarships, and tributes that have been established in Turhan's honor at various universities and institutions.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Turhan Michael Ergin Papers. Related collections include:

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Malcolm Ingram Papers

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

Selected Search Terms


Ergin, Turhan Michael.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of Material

Albums (books)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Turhan Michael Ergin Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Turhan Michael Ergin Papers were donated by Dr. M.T. and Florence Ergin in 2003.

Processing Information

The Turhan Michael Ergin Papers are fully processed. Materials have been removed from original binders, and re-housed in archival folders. Copies were made of original binder covers. These copies have been placed in the first folder of each binder's contents.

Table of Contents

Memorial Albums