Victor Zinn, 72, of Chapel Hill, passed away on Monday, January 26, in Chapel Hill, surrounded by his family. He was born January 6, 1943 to the late Oscar and Eleanore Zinn and predeceased by brothers Harold Zinn and Richard Zinn.
Victor was raised in Great Neck, New York and received degrees from Brandeis University, Ohio University and Clark University. A gifted athlete, Victor was drafted by the St Louis Cardinals baseball team after college but choose to focus on his career as a psychologist. He moved to Chapel Hill in 1972 to help set up the TEACCH Autism Program under Dr. Eric Schopler. Victor served the Triangle community as a clinical psychologist for 42 years.
Victor was a great teacher of all things and touched many lives. His heartfelt ability to connect and help others, specifically children, was tremendous. He had a passion for tennis, and taught tennis to many members of the community for 15 years. He also loved playing the piano and had a deep appreciation for all music and he passed that appreciation along to his children. It would be remiss not to mention what a great dancer he was, having been born with an innate rhythm. Sensitive, kind and patient are words to describe Victor. He will be missed by all, never forgotten and live in our hearts forever.
Victor is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Donna Zinn; sons Adam Zinn (Debra) of Chapel Hill, Omar Zinn (Paige) of Chapel Hill, Josh Zinn (Gaby) of Chapel Hill; stepdaughter Juliana Aul of Chapel Hill; stepson Edward Aul III of Chapel Hill; brother Douglas Zinn of New York, NY; and 7 grandchildren – Jacob, Parker, Lily, Lucas, Orlando, Isabela and Sofia Zinn.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, January 30 at 11:00 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Chapel Hill, NC.
Memorial Contributions may be made in remembrance of Victor Zinn to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society NC Chapter, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Suite 200, Cary, NC 27513.