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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 request.

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.