Herbert G. Bokish, a German immigrant who became an AT&T engineer, died March 17 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Hospice of Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach, Fla. The former Randallstown resident was 85.
The son of Joseph Bokish, a machinist, and Esther Reidel Bokish, a homemaker, Herbert Gunther Bokish was born and raised in Gleiwitz, Germany, now a part of Poland, where he received his education.
In 1948, he moved to Israel, where he joined 10 family members who lived in a small tent, family members said. He served in the Israeli army, and after breaking a leg during parachute training, he was reassigned as a cook.
In 1955, relatives living in Vineland, N.J., sponsored Mr. Bokish, who worked after arriving until 1956 on their chicken farm.
He studied engineering at night school, family members said.,
From 1957 to 1961, he worked as an engineer for Design Service in New York City, and then moved in 1961 to its branch in Chicago.
Mr. Bokish moved to Randallstown in 1964 when he went to work at Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze facility, where he designed power systems for telephone companies.
In 1980, he joined AT&T in Bethesda, where he worked until retiring in 1992.
He moved to Bethesda in 1987, and after retiring, to Boynton Beach, Fla.
Services for Mr. Bokish were held March 21 at Beth Israel Congregation in Boynton Beach.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Gail Still; a son, Bruce Bokish of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Linda Bokish Lichtenauer of Reisterstown; four brothers, Gerhard Bockischof Boynton Beach, Abraham Bokisch of Palm Coast, Fla., and David Bokish and Zeev Bokish, both of Israel; and four grandchildren.