July 27, 1914 – Oct. 13, 2015
Dr. William Edward Zak, an orthodontist who studied in Michigan and practiced in Western New York for decades, died Oct. 13 in his Buffalo home after a lengthy illness. He was 101.
A native of Struthers, Ohio, Dr. Zak moved to Buffalo with his parents as a boy. He attended public schools in the city, and graduated from Riverside High School.
He went to the University of Alabama for a time, but then switched to the University of Michigan, where he received two degrees, including his DDS degree, and did training in orthodontics.
He and his wife, the former Arlene Hunt of Buffalo, were married in December 1944 – just a few months after they met.
Their marriage lasted seven decades, and they would have marked a 71st wedding anniversary on Dec. 1.
Dr. Zak lived with his family in the city for many years.
Dr. Zak had a private orthodontic practice in Buffalo for many years, and he also practiced in Niagara Falls. His clientele included children and adults, his wife said.
He retired after 35 years of practice.
Dr. Zak liked to play golf and was a longtime member of the Niagara Falls Country Club. He also enjoyed bowling. He had been under hospice care near the end of his life, his wife said.
Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter, Diane Ham, and a son, William R. Zak, as well as four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held.