Legacy of Esteemed Educator George E. Schaiberger, Ph.D., Lives On at the Miller School

Esteemed educator and researcher George E. Schaiberger, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, passed away on Saturday, February 19, but the legacy of his 40-year career endures at the University.

When Dr. Schaiberger began working at the Miller School in 1962, he was so passionate about his field that he elected to teach an introductory course in microbiology and immunology to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences in addition to instructing medical students and conducting research. He later offered a second course for nursing students, and helped create an entire undergraduate major curriculum in microbiology and immunology. The college formally adopted the major in 1980, after he convinced 13 faculty members in his department to provide enthusiastic undergraduate instruction.

Dr. Schaiberger also founded and served as advisor for the Microbiology and Immunology Club. He infused his other passion – community service – into club activities. Under his guidance, club members volunteered at the Miami Rescue Mission, making significant contributions to the community’s homeless.

He received the highest recognition for his contributions from students and colleagues alike. He was the recipient of the University of Miami Teaching Award, the George Paff Award for Teaching Excellence, the Medical School Teacher of the Year Award, a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award.

In the nomination for the Carski award, Dr. Schaiberger was described as a gifted and honored teacher, exemplary role model, outstanding administrator, influential advisor, and trusted mentor and friend with a legacy of extraordinary commitment to the development of young scientists.

Dr. Schaiberger continued to teach medical and undergraduate students until he retired in 2002.

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