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“I worked with Michael Bohnert at the (then) Counseling Center for a few years. During that time, I really enjoyed interacting with Dr. Bohnert as he...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Michele Hart - Hudson, NH

“Sending love and prayers for peace as your family deals with the loss of your brother, Michael. As I read about him, I am amazed at the wonderful...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Ottensmeyer Catt - Baneberry, TN

“I am sad to learn of Dr Bonhert's passing. He was my doctor for 13 years, and helped me to live a better life. He was kind, compassionate,...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Christine Geddes - Temple, NH

“Coworker does not quite reflect the relationship that I had with Dr. Bohnert. He was my doctor and a trusted confidant for over 10 years. I only saw...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Theresa McKeon - Hooksett, NH

“We send our deepest condolences to you. The thought of Michael will always bring a smile to our faces. We will always remember the fun we had with...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Melinda and Bill Berg - Haiku, HI

“Only 3 times in the last many years have I been in Michael's company, I know him best through his sister Peg's unforgettable stories. His death...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Jean Aloia - Eau Claire, WI

“Mike was so genuine - smart, caring and charming. It was a pleasure to know such a well-balanced human being. Working with him was a pleasure. I...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Roni Brown - Work

“I will forever be grateful for knowing Dr. Bohnert. He had a huge impact and made a profound difference in my life. He was kind, caring, and skillful...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Carol L - Nashua, NH

“I am so grateful for the times that Dr. Bohnert and I were able to connect when working to best serve those seeking assistance from our shared fields...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Bryan Vogel - Southborough, MA

“Mike was my best friend/co-worker at Westwood Lodge for many years and covered my patients for about 30 years. I knew that my patients were in the...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Robert Schlauch - Needham, MA

“A true mensch. A great colleague. A great doctor. A wise counselor. Much loved and respected. Recquiescat in pacem. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Allan Mendell - Nashua, NH

“Mike and I were best friends since elementary school in Jasper, Indiana. Our lives followed very different courses, but over the years, we both felt...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Terrence Wolf - Jacksonville, OR

“sad ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: cz lovecraft

“My deepest condolences- Dr Bohnert was a joy to work with! Always a smile and that darn thermos!! :) ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Pamela Carey

“Having Mike as one of my mentors at work was a real gift. He was extremely kind to me, warm, thoughtful, respectful, and understanding. His...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Jan Jacobson - Asheville, NC

“May you Rest In Peace, Dr Bohnert. Very sad to hear of your loss and my condolences to all family and friends. For me, a great colleague. And one I...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: David Kamen - Londonderry, NH

“A wonderful man that had so much grace. It was my distinct pleasure to have had the opportunity to have known him. My prayers are with his family. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Trish Gedziun - Nashua, NH

“Michael-brillant, dapper, exuberant, and oh how he loved his "Dawnie"! ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Pamela & Todd Greenberg - Atlanta, GA

“A true gentleman.Rest in peace. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Adele Mitrano - Burlington, MA

“Mike was an amazing colleague and mentor at The Counseling Center. He was loved by his patients and all the staff at the office. He will be missed! ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Rich Carey - Watertown, MA

“A wonderful friend and simply just a great human being. You just don't find people with the combination of mind, work commitment, joie de vivre, and...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Stephen Kleinman - Boston, MA

“Mike was such a beloved colleague at OQR. May his memory be a blessing.Jerry Boyd ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Jerry Boyd - West Roxbury, MA

Michael J. Bohnert, M.D. of Watertown died on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Mass General Hospital. He was 75.

Born on May 10, 1946 in Jasper, Indiana, Michael was the son of Vincent and Stella 'Kay' (Kaiser) Bohnert. He was raised in Jasper, playing baseball and graduating from Jasper High School. After high school he attended Indiana University for his undergraduate, then University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and finally, completed his medical training at Harvard, where he did his internship and residency. Dr. Bohnert was a board-certified Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and Psychopharmacologist. He held a number of positions at different hospitals, commissions and councils, and maintained a private practice throughout his career.

Behind any successful person is a great partner and supporter that makes anything possible. That was certainly true of Michael. In 1985, he met the love of his life, Dawn Frazier-Bohnert, at the Harvest Restaurant in Harvard Square. The couple would marry in the courtyard at Maison Robert on October 1,1994. They traveled the world together, but especially enjoyed a sunny beach in the Caribbean as a place to unwind. Michael was Dawn's biggest champion and supporter of her work as head of global diversity, equity, and inclusion at Liberty Mutual. The love, support and intellect of Michael was essential for their shared success. Though he and Dawn had different occupations their work had a common thread. They shared a passion for lifting the human spirit and treating ALL people with dignity and respect. This is a bond they shared deeply.

While work was core to Michael's life he did love to play. Sports were a key ingredient in his life. He had a love/hate relationship with the Patriots, go TB. He was a member of Oakley Country Club, but admitted that he liked practicing his golf swing more than actually playing the game. An avid art collector, and a lover of music, dancing and literature, Michael loved to entertain. The couple always opened their house to friends and relatives and made many happy memories from the times they had at their home on Martha's Vineyard. Michael will be missed and remembered as both quiet and charismatic, and a natural storyteller that could capture a room.

In addition to his wife, Dawn Frazier-Bohnert, he leaves his sisters, Gloria Hayes (Bernard) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Janet Bohnert of Jasper, Indiana, Barbara Bohnert of Louisville, Kentucky, and Dr. Peg Bohnert, M.D. (John Berntheizel) of Buffalo, New York; his in-laws, Drs. Joseph and Suzanne Davis of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sandra Frazier of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Tracy Dawson of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Ret. Col. Richard Frazier USAF (Elizabeth) of Georgetown, Texas. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families and his sweet 14-year-old Cockapoo, Ruben.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dr. Bohnert's life by gathering to visit on Monday, May 16th in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham, from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. A Life Celebration service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The ITOG-International Thyroid Oncology Group. (