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Annual memorial service will honor donors to the UI Deeded Body Program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A memorial service will honor 80 people who donated their bodies to the University of Iowa College of Medicine for the advancement of medical science and education.

The UI department of anatomy and cell biology will honor donors to the department's Deeded Body Program and their families at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 in Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City. Speakers will include students who have benefited from the gifts and Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, professor and head of anatomy and cell biology. The Rev. Dr. F. Larry Shostrom, director of pastoral services at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, will give the homily.

Free transportation will be provided for UI faculty, staff and students on buses leaving the Hardin Library for Health Sciences at 12:10 and 12:40 p.m. If it rains, the service will be at 1:30 p.m. in Clapp Hall.

Deeded Body Program donors must be over the age of 18 and meet certain requirements. Studies are completed within 18 months, and donors' families can choose to have the remains returned, or cremated and buried in Oakland Cemetery at the memorial service.

For more information on the Deeded Body Program, write to the UI Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bowen Science Building, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242, or call (319) 335-7762.