CONTACT: JENNIFER CRONIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9917; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Aug. 13, 1999
UI to honor deeded body donors at annual memorial service
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The annual memorial service to
remember individuals who donated their bodies to science at the University
of Iowa will be held starting at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27 at the Oakland Cemetery
in Iowa City.
This year 65 donors will be interred at the UI's memorial
site. Many other donors' remains were returned to their families at their
The UI Deeded Body Program helps to advance the understanding
of medicine and the study of the human body. More than 500 UI students in
many disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, nursing and athletic training,
as well as international physicians, benefit greatly from these donations.
The UI has been holding its annual memorial service
since 1972. The event is meant to honor donors who gave themselves to the
cause of medicine, as well as help bring closure to family and friends.
F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., director of pastoral services
at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., professor and
head of anatomy and cell biology, will speak at the service. Designated students
will also share their gratitude for these donors' gifts.
A free shuttle bus is scheduled to leave from the
UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at 12:10 p.m. and 12:40 p.m. to
take people to the service. In the event of inclement weather, the service
will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Clapp Hall on the UI campus.
For more information about the UI Deeded Body Program,
call (319) 335-7762.