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Release: Aug. 28, 2001

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 1 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 31 at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown St., Iowa City.

Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D., UI professor of anatomy and cell biology, will give the welcoming and closing remarks. F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., director of pastoral services at the UI Hospitals and Clinics will deliver the eulogy. Five students who have benefited from the donated bodies will also participate in the service.

The UI Deeded Body Program helps to advance medical education and medical science. More than 500 UI students in many disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, nursing and athletic training, benefit greatly from these donations.

The UI established its tradition of an annual service to commemorate deeded body donors in 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.

This year 58 donors will be interred at the UI’s memorial site at Oakland Cemetery. Other donors’ remains were returned to their families at their request.

A free shuttle bus is scheduled to leave from the front of the Field House at 12:10 p.m. and 12:40 p.m. to take people to the service. The bus will return people to the Field House following 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.

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