In Memorian: Wilbert Augustus Cheatham, 1942-2014

cheathamW. Augustus Cheatham, a former vice president of Loma Linda University in California and education official in the Carter administration, died late last month at his home in Redlands, California. He was 72 years old and had suffered from brain cancer for eight years.

Cheatham served for 22 years as vice president at Loma Linda University, the longest-serving vice president in university history. During the Carter administration he served as deputy assistant secretary and deputy director of the Office for Civil Rights in what was then the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. After leaving government service, he became principal and business manager of Pine Forge Academy, a co-educational Seventh-day Adventist boarding school in Pennsylvania.

Cheatham was a graduate of what is now Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. He earned a master of social work degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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