Dr. Nicholas Argen, a retired Buffalo psychiatrist, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his West Seneca home. He was 82.
Born in Pyrgos, Greece, Dr. Argen was the oldest of six brothers and one sister who grew up on a family farm. After the German occupation during World War II, he graduated from University of Athens Medical School. He served three years in the Greek army, then moved to the United States in 1957 with his wife and sons. After moving to Buffalo in 1958, he was trained in psychiatry at Buffalo State Hospital and in neurology at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital and the Child Guidance Clinic of Children's Hospital.
He was instrumental in the opening of the West Seneca State School in 1962 and served as medical director, remaining in that post until 1977. Professionally, he was a qualified-certified psychiatrist and served as a senior psychiatrist at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Argen, who also had a private practice, was a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo. He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association and a certified nursing home administrator.
Dr. Argen enjoyed a good practical joke, gardening, poker and spending winters in Florida.
His wife of more than 50 years, Mika, died earlier this year.
Survivors include three sons, Angelo N. of the Town of Boston, Lee of West Seneca and Peter of Orchard Park; four brothers and a sister in Greece; two granddaughters; and two grandsons.
Services will be private.