Bernard Sohn, 89


ONSET, MASS. – Bernard “Bernie” Sohn, of Onset, died Aug. 19, 2022, at his residence. He was the husband of Susan (Vattes) Ricci-Sohn of Onset. 

Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Bernie held degrees in biology and chemistry as well as a master’s degree in Marketing. Bernie spent most of his professional career working on leading edge technologies. At MIT, he worked on the pathways that allow brain impulses to control prosthetic devices. He worked on developing the early heart-lung oxygenators. In 1984 when he was vice president of marketing for a division of the Foxboro Company developing a robotic machine vision system, he met his best friend Susan Ricci. They married and remained best friends throughout , and they travelled and enjoyed many scenic and historic places. 

Bernie and his beloved wife Susan moved to Onset and launched ENT Medical, a company dedicated to otitis media and other ear infections in children. As CEO, he was a frequent lecturer in medical schools where he contracted, with the CDC, to teach this revolutionary technology based on principals of sonar developed by the Navy. 

In addition to his wife, survivors include children Marilyn Taylor and her husband James, of Sharon, Massachusetts; Ronald Sohn and his wife Amy, of Elizabeth, New Jersey; and Debra Mitchell, of Fall River, Massachusetts; stepchildren Steven Ricci, of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Peter Ricci and his wife Rebecca, of Bedford, Massachusetts; three sisters Rosalie Fishman, Marion Rosenberg and Nancy Swartz; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was the brother of the late Charlotte Lefcoe.