Commemorating the Life of Jean Yves Point-du-Jour

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Jean Yves Point-du-Jour

Jean Yves Point-du-Jour was born on Feb. 20, 1953 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He died on Feb. 3, 2017.  He was only 63 years old.

After his studies at College Classique d’Haiti, he came to the United States. In 1980, he obtained a B.S. degree in Mathematics at Morgan State University. In 1995, he graduated with an MS in Transportation Studies at Morgan (1995) and an MS in Transportation Engineering at University of Maryland in College Park (1997).  Mr. Point-du-Jour was a Transportation Engineer Manager with the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Office of Traffic & Safety of the Maryland Department of Transportation, where he had been working for over 20 years leading a team in charge of research, engineering, and advanced technology in transportation.

Mr. Point-du-Jour co-authored many transportation research studies and participated as a panelist in many national research studies. He represented SHA and the State of Maryland on AASHTO’s National Committee of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He is the current Chair of the Systems Performance, Operations and Technology Subcommittee of the Washington, DC Transportation Planning Board. He also serves as Advisory Board Member of the MSU School of Engineering’s Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies.

Mr. Point-du-Jour is also a Founding Member of ITS Maryland. Last year at the 2015 Founders Day Convocation, he was recognized as one of Morgan’s outstanding alumni. For the past 33 years, he had been the host of the weekly Haitian radio program,“Konbit Lakay”, that airs on Pacifica’s WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC. Mr. Point-Du-Jour also served on the board of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network since 2004 and the Free Haiti Movement.

He was committed to serving his community, he spent many years representing and advocating for Haitian refugees at Krome Detention Center in Miami along with transitional farm workers in Maryland.  He spent countless hours working at the Washington Office on Haiti to restore democracy and bring former President Aristide back to Haiti. He gave voice to the voiceless Haitian majority.  Mr. Point-Du-Jour was a fervent support of democracy and worked tirelessly to see a free and sovereign Haiti that is able to provide for its citizens. He eagerly awaited his retirement to return to Haiti to work on transforming Haiti’s public transportation system.

He is survived by his wife, Guerda D. Point du Jour, his son Jacques Point du Jour, his siblings Guy, Jean Marie, Maryse, Henock “Jackie,” and Reginald Point du Jour. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wake – Friday, February 17, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Francis J Collins Funeral Home
500 University Blvd W
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Phone: 301- 593-9500

Funeral Services- Saturday, February 18, 2017
Shrine of Sacred Heart Catholic church
3211 Sacred Heart Way
Washington, DC 20010
Corner of 16th St NW and Park Road NW
Viewing: 9:00am to 9:45am
Service: 10am -11am

Interment
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
3801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Reception
St Jude Catholic Church
12701 Viers Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20853

For more information contact the family: 301-408-9968/301-890-9829 or email konbitlakaydc@gmail.com

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