Kenneth L. Sohns, 67, a lawyer with the Department of Labor for nearly 28 years before retiring in 1968, died of cancer Saturday at Surburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Mr. Sohns joined the Labor Department in 1941 as a lawyer with the Wage and Hour division in Kansas City, Mo.
He came to Washington in 1951. He served as director of the wage-hour staff of the Wage Stabilization Board and later with the department's Bureau of International Labor Affairs and liaison officer with the Voice of America.
During World War II, he was a representative of the Labor Department on the President's "E" Award Committee, which gave awards to industry for meeting war production goals.
Mr. Sohns was a native of Wisconsin and grew up in Webster City, Iowa. He earned a degree in foreign service at the University of Wisconsin and a law degree at the University of Iowa.
He engaged in the private practice of law in Iowa and worked for that state's unemployment compensation board before joining the Labor Department.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude W., of the home in Kensington; a son, Robert B., of Denver, and his stepfather, Michael Gagliano, of Naples, Fla.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.