661 Commercial Street

Sunny Waters

Another psychiatric redoubt in the East End, this was the summer home beginning in 1959 of Dr. Norman E. Zinberg (±1922-1989), a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, who had “long been recognized as a pioneer in studying the ways in which marijuana, heroin and other drugs affect human behavior,” The New York Times said in his obituary. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York credited Zinberg’s counsel with winning a tough legislative battle in 1988 over a bill meant to reduce drug use through treatment and education. The Zinberg family sold the house in 1993 to Fraser Lemley, the founder and chief executive officer of the Sentry Auto Group of Ford, Lincoln and Mazda dealerships in Medford, Dorchester and Shrewsbury.

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