Theodore Hertz Bonn, born in Philadelphia PA May 27, 1923, passed away April 11, 2019 in Carlsbad, CA. He was the husband of Edith Sindell Bonn (1924-2007) and son of Norman Eugene Bonn and Matilda (Cohen) Bonn of Philadelphia.
Ted had a long and rewarding career as a computer scientist, and lifelong passions for photography, tennis, travel, and chocolate. His family was a great source of pride, love, and inspiration. He was drawn to the sea and enjoyed his later years in Sarasota FL, Carlsbad CA, and Falmouth MA, where he helped to establish the Falmouth Jewish Congregation.
He will be missed by his family, Suzanne Wadoski and her husband Ken, Miriam Bonn, Matthew Bonn and his wife Quinn Cramer; grandchildren Andrew Wadoski and his wife Shaila Mehra, Sarah Caruso and her husband Milo, Matthew Bonn, Amanda Bonn and her husband Gautam Sood, Susannah Bonn and her husband Nick Giannecchini, and Lilach Manheim and her partner Eric Laurio; four great grandchildren, his brother, Leonard and his wife Clare, niece Linda Borenstein, nephew Steve, and many dear friends.
Ted graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.S.1943 and M.S. 1947, both in Electrical Engineering). A pioneer in electronic computers, he worked with the ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer as a graduate student. He continued his career at Eckert Mauchley Computer Corporation and participated in the development of UNIVAC 1. He then developed sonar components for the United States Naval Air Development Center, Johnsville, PA; was Chief Engineer, Research and Peripheral Development, UNIVAC, Blue Bell, PA; Director of Applied Research and Standards, Honeywell Information Systems, Waltham,MA; Director, Computer Research Laboratory, Sperry Research Center, Sudbury, MA; and Manager, Command, Control, Communications & Intelligence Systems, Sperry Corporation, Waltham, MA.
Ted held more than 45 patents in the areas of computer storage and peripherals. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), serving as Vice Chairman, Computer Society; Vice President, Publications; member of the Board of Directors; and was recognized with the Richard E. Merwin Computer Society Award in 1986.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Falmouth MA.
Contributions may be made in Ted’s memory to The 300 Committee Land Trust in Falmouth MA, which acquires and preserves the green spaces he loved to walk and photograph, www.300committee.org; to Quail Gardens, now San Diego Botanic Garden at www.sdbgarden.org; or to the Falmouth Jewish Congregation, www.falmouthjewish.org.