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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 24, 2004

UI To Hold Annual Deeded Body Program Memorial Service Aug. 27

The annual memorial service for individuals who donated their bodies to science at the University of Iowa will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., coordinator of spiritual services at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and John Engelhardt, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair in Molecular Medicine and professor and interim head of anatomy and cell biology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will offer remarks. A number of UI students who benefited from the donors' gifts also will participate in the service.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at 1:30 p.m. in St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, located at 1300 Melrose Ave. in Iowa City.

Sixty-one donors will be interred at the memorial site at Oakland Cemetery. Other donors' remains were returned to their families at their request.

The study of human anatomy is an important part of medical education and research, and donations made through the Deeded Body Program help advance health sciences learning. UI medical, dental, nursing and physical therapy students benefit from the generosity of those who donate their remains for the advancement of science.

Any person over age 18 may donate his or her body for medical education and research. The UI Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology requires that a Deed of Disposition be on file in the department prior to the donor's death. For more information on the UI Deeded Body Program, call 319-335-7762. Information also is available online at

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, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032,