In Memoriam: Former BMES President Herbert Voigt

Herbert Voigt, a former president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, passed away suddenly last week.
A Fulbright Scholar who served in Peru in 2015, he was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and an Associate Research Professor of Otolaryngology at Boston University. Voigt obtained a BE (EE, 1974) from the City College of New York (CCNY) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (1980) from the Johns Hopkins University, followed by a distinguished career in the field of biomedical engineering.
In 2016, Voigt received the Alpha Eta Mu Beta's Outstanding Dedication and Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Biomedical Engineering Honor Society.

He received the BMES President's Award (2002) and the Society's Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Voigt was a Founding Fellow of BMES (2004) and an AIMBE Fellow (1998). IEEE selected Voigt as a Distinguished Lecturer (2012-2013) and he was also an honorary member of the Swedish Society of Medical Engineering & Physics (2012).

Voigt's research interests included auditory neurophysiology, specifically cochlear nucleus neural circuitry, heavy metal detection and global Health and Development. He was also deeply involved in biomedical engineering issues and education throughout the world, specifically in Nigeria, Peru, Sweden and Malaysia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the following:
  • The Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society, PO Box 470528, Brookline, MA 02447
  • Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills, 18 Shoolman Way, Milton, MA 02186
A celebration of his life will be held on January 30, 2018, 11 a.m., at Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph, MA 02368, followed by a luncheon reception. Shiva will be held at the family home on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.