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Release: Aug. 18, 2000

UI to hold annual memorial service to honor deeded body donors

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will hold its annual memorial service for those individuals who donated their bodies to science at the UI during the past year at 1p.m., Friday, Aug. 25 at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown St., Iowa City.

Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., UI professor and head of anatomy and cell biology, will open the service and F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., director of pastoral services at the UI Hospitals and Clinics will give an address. Five students who have benefited from the donated bodies will also participate in the service.

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 since1972. 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.

This year, 70 donors will be interred at the UI's memorial site at Oakland Cemetery. Many other donors' remains were returned to their families at their request.

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.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.