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Release: Aug. 23, 2002

UI holds annual Deeded Body memorial service Aug. 30

The annual memorial service for those individuals who donated their bodies to science at the University of Iowa during the past year will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., the Kate Daum Research Chair, and UI professor and head of anatomy and cell biology, will give the welcoming and closing remarks and F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., coordinator of pastoral services at the UI Hospitals and Clinics will deliver the eulogy. Five students who have benefited from the donated bodies also will participate in the service.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Clapp Hall on the UI campus.

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

Anatomical gifts made through the UI Deeded Body Program help to advance medical education and medical science. UI students in many disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, nursing and physical therapy, benefit greatly from these donations.

Any individual over the age of 18 may donate their body to medical education and research at the UI although certain circumstances, such as extensive trauma or the presence of certain infectious diseases, could preclude the use of the gift. The UI department of anatomy and cell biology requires that a Deed of Disposition be on file with the department prior to the donor's death.

For more information about the UI Deeded Body Program, call (319) 335-7762 or go online to

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