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Robert A. Good was the fifty-ninth president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1975 to 1976. He was a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1950 to 1972 and president and director of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research from 1972 to 1982. Good conducted groundbreaking studies that helped identify the central role that the thymus plays in immunity, and, in 1968, he performed the first successful bone marrow transplant.
Good received his M.D. and Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Minnesota in 1947. He was a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellow (1948–1949) and a visiting investigator at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1949–1950) before joining the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School as an instructor of pediatrics in 1950. Within four years, he was a full professor of pediatrics, and, in 1962, he also became a professor of microbiology. He was named a Regents Professor of pediatrics and microbiology in 1969 and chaired the Department of Pathology from 1970 to 1972. Good left the University of Minnesota in 1972, when he was appointed president and director of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. Ten years later, he became head of the Cancer Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Oklahoma. In 1985, Good moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was physician-in-chief and director of research at All Children’s Hospital and professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the University of South Florida. He held these positions until his death of esophageal cancer in 2003.
Vice President: 1974–1975
Committee for Professional Standards in Immunology: 1971–1974
AAI representative to FASEB Board: 1975–1977
The Journal of Immunology 117, no. 5 (1976): 1413–28.