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2020 Memorial Service

The University of Iowa, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Deeded Body Program, held its annual memorial service for those individuals whose bodies we utilized for educational and research purposes at the UI during the past year, was originally scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, Iowa.  However, due to Covid 19 pandemic the ceremony was prerecorded.  The service honors those whose donated bodies aided in the advancement of  medical education and science at the UI through studies completed over the past year.

Dr. John Engelhardt, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the UI, gave the welcoming and closing remarks. 

Noelle K. Andrews, MDiv, BCC Associate Director of Spiritual Services, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics delivered the eulogy. Five students who benefited from the donated bodies also participated in the service.

In addition, music was provided by medical students.  The service was concluded with the playing of Taps.  The UI Deeded Body Program helps to advance medical education and medical science. More than 800 UI students and physicians in many disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing and athletic training benefit greatly from these donations.

The UI established its tradition of an annual service to commemorate the deeded body donors in 1968. This 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, 24 donors were interred at the UI's memorial site at Oakland Cemetery. Other donors' remains were  returned to their families at their request.

PDF iconDeeded Body Program 2020

PDF iconDr. John Engelhardt - Opening Remarks

PDF iconAndrea Lawrence - Medical Student

PDF icon Kyle Bennett - Dental Student

PDF iconMegan Cannon - Physician Assistant Student

PDF iconKelly Crowley - Physical Therapy Student

PDF iconMariam Mansour - Medical Student

PDF iconNoelle K. Andrew - Eulogy