Thomas Fort Sellers

Director, Georgia Department of Public Health

1932M 1960H

Thomas Fort SellersThe "Sellers Stain" may not sound particularly palatable, but the scientific breakthrough named for its developer, Thomas Fort Sellers Sr., remains a crucial tool in the rapid diagnosis of rabies.

Sellers worked in public health in Georgia for 42 years, serving as director of the Georgia Department of Public Health from 1948 to 1960, and founding the Southern Public Health Laboratory Association. He advocated expanding the scope of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to include research in communicable diseases and worked to develop funding for hospitals in rural Georgia.

His son, Thomas F. Sellers Jr. 1947C, served on the medical faculty for his entire career.

Editor's note: The 2011 copy was revised in 2016 to correct some of the references to the elder Dr. Sellers's accomplishments.