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Biographical entry Zacharin, Robert Fyfe (1925 - 2012)

AO 1993; MB BS Melbourne 1948; FRCS 1953; FRACS 1955; FRCOG 1967; MGO 1970; MD; FRACOG.

11 April 1925
Melbourne, Australia
9 May 2012


Robert Zacharin was a senior gynaecologist at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He was born in Melbourne on 11 April 1925, the son of Saul Zacharin, a timber merchant, and Sarah Agnes Zacharin née Fyfe, a tailor, whose father was from Crathie in Scotland. Zacharin was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne, and then attended Melbourne University. He qualified MB BS in 1948.

He gained his FRCS in 1953 and also became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

He was chairman of the board of management of The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He wrote papers on pelvic floor anatomy and function, and books on stress incontinence, pelvic floor anatomy and obstetric fistula.

Outside medicine, he was a commercial flower grower. He also enjoyed skiing and travelling, particularly trekking in Nepal.

In 1958 he married Patricia Beryl Williamson. They had four children - Elizabeth, Jane, William and Robert. Robert Fyfe Zacharin died on 9 May 2012. He was 87.

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