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George M. Zimmermann, attorney, taught at UB; Nov. 12, 1923 -- June 17, 2012

George M. Zimmermann of Amherst, an attorney and partner in the Albrecht, Maguire, Heffern and Gregg law firm, died Sunday in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he was the son of George J. Zimmermann, who served as mayor of Buffalo from 1934 to 1937.

Mr. Zimmerman was a graduate of Canisius High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., and his law degree from the University of Buffalo School of Law.

He served as lieutenant in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Caribbean.

He practiced law with Albrecht, Maguire, Heffern and Gregg for more than 40 years. He retired in 2006.

Mr. Zimmermann also was an adjunct professor at UB Law School for more than 50 years. He also served as president of the Erie County Bar Association and as chairman of the board of trustees of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Mr. Zimmermann was a member of the Midday Club of Buffalo, the Thursday Club and a was participant with the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Helen Williamson; three daughters, Rosemary Gaughan, Noel Call and Kristin Glywasky; and a son, George.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Joseph-University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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