Biography of Dr. Nicholas L. Zinner
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

NICHOLAS LEO ZINNER, A. B., M. D., maintains his office at 1355 East Fifty fifth Street in his native City of Cleveland, where he has been engaged in the successful general practice of his profession since 1916, save for the interval of his loyal service with the Medical Corps of the United States Army in the World war, he having had a full quota of experience in connection with the operations of the American Expeditionary Forces on the stage of active conflict overseas.

Doctor Zinner was born in Cleveland on the 1st of August, 1889, and is a son of David and Helen (Fox) Zinner, who were born and reared in Austria, where their marriage was solemnized and where they continued to maintain their home until 1887, when they came to the United States and established their residence in Cleveland. David Zinner, a man of fine intellectuality and a specially talented linguist, was identified with various lines of business enterprise in the Ohio metropolis up to the time of his death, April 24, 1924. Mrs. Zinner died November 5, 1922.

In the public schools of Cleveland Doctor Zinner continued his studies until his graduation from the Central High School in 1908, and in advancing his education along academic lines he completed a course of study in Adelbert College of the Western Reserve University, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1912 and with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. His preliminary educational work thus completed, he forthwith began preparation for the profession of his choice, and as a member of the class of 1915 in the medical department of Western Reserve University he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine. He thereafter gave a year of service as an interne in the Cleveland Charity Hospital, and then, in 1916 initiated the active general practice of his profession, in which he here continued until there came to him a higher duty, that of patriotic service in connection with the nation's participation in the great World war. In May, 1917, about one month after the United States declared war against Germany, Doctor Zinner received commission as first lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the United States Army, and in the following August he was sent to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, for preliminary training. On the 25th of November of that year he was ordered to the base hospital at Camp Greene, Charlotte, North Carolina, and there he was detailed to special service as registrar, summary court officer, member of the Board of Disability, and also member of the Neuropsychiatric Board. In 1918 he received his commission as captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Army, and in June of that year he was transferred to Base Hospital No. 54, in connection with which unit he was ordered to overseas service in the following August. He disembarked at B rest, France, and ten days later his unit was assigned to the base hospital center of the American Expeditionary Forces at Mesves, France, his unit having been the third to enter service at that point. There Doctor Zinner was made registrar of the base hospital, as well as receiving and evacuating officer and member of the board of disability, besides which he was associated with other surgeons in active charge of a hospital ward provided with about 150 beds. No minor responsibilities rested upon him, and his leisure hours were principally minutes, he having assumed charge of virtually all operations and wound dressing in the large ward just mentioned. His record of professional and patriotic stewardship on the stage of the greatest conflict known in the annals of time is one that shall ever reflect honor and distinction upon his name. In January, 1919, Doctor Zinner received orders to return to the United States, the trip having been made on the steamer "Lapland," which left Brest, France, with about 3,600 sick and wounded soldiers on board. The voyage was thus one that incidentally placed as great demands upon the time and professional attention of Doctor Zinner as had his previous service in France, and nothing within his power to do for the suffering heroes was left undone. On the 21st of January, 1919, the day following that of his arrival at Camp Dix, New Jersey, Doctor Zinner there received his honorable discharge. He immediately returned to Cleveland, and three days after his arrival in his native city he girded himself with characteristic energy and enthusiasm and resumed the active practice of his profession, in which his success shows a constantly cumulative tendency, his practice being now of substantial and representative order.

Doctor Zinner is a popular member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, and is actively identified also with the Ohio State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is affiliated with Army and Navy Post No. 54, American Legion, and takes deep interest in this splendid Cleveland organization.

In December, 1917, was solemnized the marriage of Doctor Zinner and Miss Erma Brobst, who was born at Brimfield, Portage County, Ohio, a daughter of William and Caroline (Catline) Brobst, both deceased. Doctor and Mrs. Zinner have a fine little son, Theodore Lee, who was born February 22, 1919, and who has much of autocratic sway in the attractive home circle.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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