Dr. Cedric I. Davern, former University of Utah academic affairs vice president, was found dead Oct. 18, 1988, in his laboratory.

Dr. Davern, 57, was a professor of biology and cellar, viral and molecular biology at the time of his death. University Police Chief Wayne Shepherd said the professor apparently died Monday night. The cause of death was not released pending an autopsy, but police do not suspect foul play.The Hobart, Australia, native was an internationally known genetic and microbiology researcher. He joined the U.'s faculty in 1976 as a visiting professor and was dean of the College of Medicine from 1976 to 1977.

Dr. Davern was vice president of academic affairs 1977-83 and acting university president in autumn 1979.

When Dr. Davern left academic affairs, the Academic Senate praised the University of Utah Research Institute Board of Trustees member for his "fairness, wit, nimbleness of mind, clarity of expression and dedication to the highest standards of academic excellence."

Funeral arrangements are pending.