Eliot I. Sommer, 87, of Worcester died Feb. 4 at home. He was the husband of Paula (Teich) Sommer. Born in Brooklyn N.Y., he was the son of Isadore and Yetta Sommer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in Germany. He graduated from Boy’s High School in Brooklyn, received his bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from Worcester State College. A Registered Professional Engineer, he was a life member of IEEE, and worked for several companies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including Raytheon and Sanders Associates. He taught in the CETA program, where he designed and taught courses to retrain people for jobs in computer hardware. He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and a longtime member of the morning minyan and ritual committee. He was a High Holiday shofar blower at Jewish Health Care. In recent years he enjoyed WISE courses at Assumption College, and classes at Hebrew College and Worcester State University. He made three volunteer trips to Israel with Sar-El, helping on a moshav in Gaza, a hospital in Tel Aviv, and an army base in the Golan. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Deborah Sommer of Cambridge; a son, Jacob Sommer and his wife, Rachel; and two grandchildren, Joshua and Eva Sommer, all of Medford; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Ada Mae Israel. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Dr., Worcester MA 01609 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Leo Slutzky

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