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Dr. C.H. Hardin Branch, longtime head of the University of Utah Medical School's department of psychiatry, died June 22, 1990, in Los Angeles. He was 82.

A native of Hopkinsville, Ky., Dr. Branch joined the U. faculty in 1948 when he was also appointed psychiatrist in chief at the Salt Lake General Hospital. Beginning in 1952, he also was a consultant in psychiatry at the Veterans Administration Hospital.He received his medical degree from Tulane University in 1935 and was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry in 1948.

He moved to Pomona, Calif., where he was a general practitioner for the Roosloos Clinic. In 1942 he entered the Navy as a lieutenant commander attached to the Marine Battalion Surgery for the 3rd Marine Division in the South Pacific. He retired as a commander in the Naval Reserves in 1945.

Dr. Branch then became a professor and chairman of the U. Medical School's department of psychiatry, a position he held until 1970.

Dr. Branch was active in several organizations. He served as president of the American Psychiatric Association; president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and president of the Intermountain Psychiatric Association.