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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 23, 2005

UI To Hold Annual Deeded Body Program Memorial Service Aug. 26

The University of Iowa will hold its annual memorial service for the Deeded Body Program at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

The service will include comments from F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., director of spiritual services at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and John F. Engelhardt, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair of Molecular Medicine and interim head of the UI Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Students who benefited from the donors' gifts also will attend and participate in the service.

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

The annual memorial service began in 1972 to honor those who made the decision to give their body to help others study the science of the human body. Anatomical gifts made through the UI Deeded Body Program help to advance medical education and medical science. The service also provides closure to the family and friends of those who have passed away.

"This Deeded Body Memorial Service is a special opportunity for the faculty and students at the Carver College of Medicine to honor those who, in death, serve the living," Engelhardt said. "By their act of donation, hundreds of students in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing and sports medicine programs have been able to learn the intricate details of the human body through the study of these donors. This service reflects our gratitude and respect for all the participants and our deep appreciation for the compassion and support of their family and friends."

"The memorial service has really become an integral part of this program," said Darrell Wilkins, director of the Deeded Body Program. "Families return year after year in support of this program."

Any individual over age 18 may donate their body to medical education and research at the UI, although certain restrictions may apply which 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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032,; Writer: Ashly Brown