Jarvis Edwin Seegmiller

Science & Technology

Jarvis “Jay” Edwin Seegmiller, M.D. (1920-2006)

was born and raised in St. George, Utah. He was Valedictorian of the Dixie College Class of 1940, then he graduated with honors in Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1942. His participation in a war research project shifted his interest to medical research and the National Institute of Health (NIH). After discharge from the US Army, he entered medical school and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and interned at Johns Hopkins. He then returned to NIH and became Chief of Human Biochemical Genetics.

In 1969, he became professor for the Department of Medicine at the newly formed medical school at the University of California, San Diego, and was appointed founding director of the Stein Institute for research on aging in 1983. Dr. Seegmiller received both a United States Public Health Distinguished Service Award and an International Geigy Rheumatism Prize in 1969. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for research at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in 1982-83, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1972, and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1982.

He has served on numerous advisory committees at the NIH and private organizations, is past president of the Western Association of Physicians (1979), and has authored over 350 scientific publications dealing with genetic defects that cause human disease. In 1950, he married Roberta Eads, who passed away due to cancer in 1992. They have four children. In 1992, he married Barbara Ellertson