Lorenz E. Zimmerman, 92, an ophthalmic pathologist who retired in 2002 after 50 years with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, died March 16 of congestive heart failure. His wife of 53 years, Anastasia U. Zimmerman, a retired major in the Army Nurse Corps, died March 26 of congestive heart failure. She was 89.
They both died at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson, Md., where they had lived since relocating there from Kensington in 2002. Their daughter Dr. Mary Louise Z. Collins confirmed the deaths.
Dr. Zimmerman was a past chairman of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology’s department of ophthalmic pathology. Concurrently with his work there, he had been a professor of ophthalmic pathology at Georgetown University and a consultant at Washington Hospital Center.
Lorenz Eugene Zimmerman was born in Washington and graduated in 1938 from the old Central High School. He graduated from George Washington University in 1943 and from its medical school in 1945. During the Korean War, he commanded an Army medical laboratory in Korea.
His honors included an exceptional civilian service award from the Army and Defense departments and an American Medical Association medal for outstanding contributions to ophthalmology.
Anastasia Urbaniak was born in Everson, Pa. She studied nursing at a hospital in Cleveland and served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1945 to 1960. She was a Korean War veteran.
She served on the board of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington and as a parent volunteer at the private St. Albans School and Georgetown Visitation School, both in Washington.
Lorenz Zimmerman’s first marriage, to Lou Annette Robinson, ended in divorce. Survivors include three children from that marriage, Spencer E. Zimmerman of New Bern, N.C., Patricia A. Kloke of Richmond and Brian L. Zimmerman of Chester, Va.
Lorenz and Anastasia Zimmerman had three children together, Dr. Mary Louise Z. Collins of Baltimore, Barbara A. Reese of Sherwood Forest, Md., and Lorenz E. Zimmerman Jr. of New York City. Other survivors include 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes