Joseph Zubin, medical researcher, dies

December 21, 1990

Joseph Zubin, a psychological researcher who specialized in studies of schizophrenia, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Baltimore native and Johns Hopkins University graduate was 90. He had recently moved to Buffalo from Pittsburgh, where he had been named a research career scientist at the Highland Drive Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He was given the titles of distinguished research professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Gregory Razan professor of psychology at Queens College of the City University of New York.

He started the Biometrics Research Unit of the veterans' hospital, similar to one he had set up at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in Manhattan to study causes of psychiatric disorders statistically. At the Manhattan institute, he was principal researcher from 1932 to 1974.

A former president of the American Psychopathological Association and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, he received an Excellence in Government Award in 1989, an honorary doctorate of medicine by the University of Lund in Sweden, an honorary fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association and other honors from professional groups, including the Paul Hoch Award of the American Psychopathological Association, which he received twice.

During the past year, about 10 meetings of professional groups and seminars were held in Dr. Zubin's honor.

Born in Raseiniai, Lithuania, he moved with his family in 1909 to Baltimore, where he graduated from City College and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1921 at Hopkins. In 1932, he received his doctorate in psychology from Columbia University.

He and his wife, the former Winifred Anderson, who survives him, also maintained a home in Leonia, N.J.

His other survivors include two sons, Jonathan A. Zubin of Baltimore and David A. Zubin of Buffalo; a daughter, Winifred Anne Zubin of New York City; three sisters, Doris Goldstein and Shirley Levin, both of Baltimore, and Blanche Becker of Worcester, Mass.; a brother, Henry Zubin of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren.

Private services in Buffalo were planned.

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