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Sanford B. “Sandy” Hooker was the twenty-third president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1936 to 1937. He was a staff member at the Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research at the Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) from 1913 to 1954 and a faculty member of the Department of Immunology at the Boston University School of Medicine from 1921 to 1954. With colleague William C. Boyd (AAI ’30, president 1959–1960), Hooker devised a means of testing for paternity based on blood type.
Hooker received his M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1913 and joined the staff at Evans Memorial as a research physician in 1913. From 1915 to 1916, he completed his M.A. in pathology as the Edith Claypole Memorial Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He returned to Evans Memorial in 1916 as a research associate and became a full member of the department in 1922. Hooker began teaching immunology at the Boston University School of Medicine in 1921 as an assistant professor. He became an assistant professor in 1924 and a full professor in 1932. Hooker retired as member emeritus of Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research and professor emeritus of the Boston University School of Medicine in 1952.
Councillor: 1935–1936, 1937–1941
The Journal of Immunology
Associate Editor: 1936–1942
Editorial Board: 1949–1953
"The Nature of Antibodies," Delivered March 24, 1937
The Journal of Immunology 33, No. 1 (July 1937): 57–74.