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Dr. Robert H. Zahm, 78, a prominent local psychiatrist, medical director of Monsignor Carr Institute for more than 30 years and chief of psychiatric services at Veterans Hospital for more than 20 years, died Wednesday (Jan. 26, 2000) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness.

He was a staff psychiatrist at Monsignor Carr Institute at his death. He also was a longtime clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Born in Buffalo, Zahm was a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College.

He earned his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1946 and did his internship at Sisters and the old Buffalo Emergency Hospital. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Buffalo State Hospital, now Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Zahm served from 1953 to 1955 as chief of the psychiatry and neurology section at the U.S. Army Disciplinary Barracks in New Cumberland, Pa.

He was appointed supervising psychiatrist at Buffalo State Hospital upon his return from New Cumberland. He joined the Veterans Hospital staff in 1957, becoming chief of psychiatric services in 1967.

He joined Monsignor Carr Institute in 1964, serving as its medical director from 1966 to 1997, and staying on as a staff psychiatrist until his death.

Zahm also had a private practice in the 1950s and 1960s.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry, he was a past president of the Western New York District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association as well as a fellow in the association.

He was a member of the Guild of Catholic Psychiatrists and a consultant to the Diocesan Tribunal and Pastoral Counseling Center. He was a former parishioner and active member of the Holy Name Society of Christ the King Catholic Church in Snyder.

A Buffalo resident at his death, Zahm also lived over the years in Snyder and Amherst.

He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and held season tickets to Bills games until last year. He was also a stamp collector and member of the Buffalo Stamp Club.

"He was a loving father and grandfather and a devoted husband and brother," said his son, Robert W.

His wife, Eileen Young Zahm, died in 1994.

Besides his son, survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Rolls and Susan Doherty, both of Amherst; a sister, Dorothy Marriott; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Michael's Catholic Church, 651 Washington St. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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