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Donald Cecil Shreffler

Donald Cecil Shreffler, American geneticist, educator. Research in immunogenetics and biochemistry genetics. Recipient Research Career Development award United States Public Health Service, 1966-1975.


  • Shreffler, Donald Cecil was born on April 29, 1933 in Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. Son of Cecil LeRay and Laura Belle (Pearman) Shreffler.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Illinois, 1954. Master of Science, University Illinois, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy (National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow), California Institute of Technology, 1962.


    • Research associate human genetics University Michigan, 1961-1964, assistant professor, 1964-1968, associate professor, 1968-1971, professor, 1971-1975. Professor genetics Washington University, St. Louis, since 1975, James S. McDonnell professor, chairman department, 1977-1984.

    Major achievements

    • Research in immunogenetics and biochemistry genetics.


    • Editorial board 8 science journals. Contributor numerous articles to science journals.


    The diversity inside the Church should be respected and supported. Open debate within the Church on certain political and social issues should be encouraged.


    The teaching of Bible shows methods by which a man can obtain salvation.

    Denomination: Methodist


    All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.


    Served with United States Army, 1954-1956. Member Genetics Society of America, American Society Human Genetics, American Association Immunologists (president 1987-1988), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.


    • Married Dorothy Ferne Kramer, August 18, 1957. Children: Douglas LeRay, David Kenneth.
    • father: Cecil LeRay Shreffler
    • mother: Laura Belle (Pearman) Shreffler
    • spouse: Dorothy Ferne Kramer
    • children: Douglas LeRay Shreffler
    • David Kenneth Shreffler
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    • 1954
      University Illinois
    • 1958
      University Illinois
    • 1962
      California Institute of Technology
    • 1975
      professor, genetics Washington University
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