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F. Sargent “Sarge” Cheever was the forty-seventh president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1963 to 1964. As both a faculty member and senior administrator, Cheever shaped medical and public health education at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) for nearly a quarter century, from 1950 to 1974.
Cheever received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1936 before interning at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City for two years. In 1938, he returned to Harvard Medical School as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor in 1946. He left Harvard in 1950 to join the faculty of Pitt as a professor of epidemiology and microbiology in the Graduate School of Public Health (1950–1974). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Cheever held three administrative positions at Pitt: dean of the School of Medicine (1958–1969), vice chancellor of the Schools of the Health Professions (1967–1974), and president of the University Health Center (1970–1974). Upon his retirement from Pitt in 1974, Cheever moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts, but remained active professionally, first as the director of admissions and visiting professor of microbiology at Harvard Medical School (1974–1977) and later as chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital Board of Trustees (1978–1982).
Vice President: 1962–1963
The Journal of Immunology
Associate Editor: 1959–1971
Nominating Committee: 1967–1968 (chair)
"The American Association of Immunologists: Past Accomplishments, Future Challenges," Delivered April 14, 1964
The Journal of Immunology 93, no. 1 (1964): 1–5.