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USD Hosts Memorial Service Honoring Contributors to Body Donor Program

The University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences and the Sanford School of Medicine will honor the 2014 contributors to the Body Donor Program and their families during a memorial service at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18 in the atrium of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medical and Science Building.

This is the 11th year for the service that honors family members through testimonials and words of appreciation for the contribution their loved ones made toward the study of medicine.

“The service is an important opportunity for students, faculty and staff to show our appreciation for our donors’ selfless gifts. The service also allows us to honor the family and friends who supported their loved one’s wishes,” said Sara Bird, coordinator of the Body Donation Program.

The Sanford School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences rely on the voluntary donation of bodies for medical and other professional health programs. Body donations are crucial in teaching gross anatomy as the foundation for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, occupational and physical therapists, and paramedics. Donors have served as the "first patient" for thousands of USD students.

"The anatomy laboratory is a unique educational experience, and the memorial service is an integral aspect of that experience." said Stuart Inglis, director of medical anatomical laboratories. "Students have an opportunity to express their gratitude to the donors’ families, and to gain an appreciation of the rich and fulfilling lives that these people have led."


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News