April 10, 1997
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  Ruth Sager, HMS Geneticist, Dies

Ruth Sager, professor of cellular genetics emeritus and a geneticist who did important research about the location of genetic material in cells, died of cancer on March 29 in her home in Brookline. She was 79.

Born in Chicago, Sager received a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate from Columbia.

Sager was a professor at the Medical School from 1975 until she retired from that post in 1988 as a professor emerita. At the time of her death, she was chief of cancer genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Sager was widely known for research she did in the 1950s and 1960s that altered the prevailing view about where genetic material was within the cell.

Sager established the Dana-Farber's division of cancer genetics and recruited many young scientists for its staff. Many of them have become prominent in the field.

Sager is survived by her husband, Arthur Pardee, a professor emeritus of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at the Medical School, and two sisters.


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