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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 20, 2003

UI To Hold Annual Deeded Body Program Memorial Service Aug. 29

The annual memorial service for individuals who donated their bodies to science at the University of Iowa during the past year will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

The service will include remarks by Mary J. C. Hendrix, Ph.D., the Kate Daum Research Chair and UI professor and head of anatomy and cell biology, and a eulogy given by F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., director of pastoral services at UI Hospitals and Clinics. A number of students who benefited from gifts provided by donors also will participate in the service.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will begin at 1:30 p.m. in St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Melrose Ave.

The UI began the 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, a new memorial site in Oakland cemetery will be used for the first time. Fifty-one donors will be interred at the new site, which was donated to the UI Deeded Body Program by the city of Iowa City. 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 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

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917, Writer: Tiffany Bronk