More than 160 first-year College of Medicine students teamed together to plan and host the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology's annual Body Donation Memorial Service, May 14.
Families and friends filled the NEW Center Ballroom to celebrate the lives of their loved ones who “gave in death for those in life.”
“Today more than 60 lives are no longer with us, but we are extremely grateful for the gift they gave to more than 160 students who are here with us today,” said J.G.M. (“Hans”) Thewissen, Ph.D., Ingalls-Brown Professor of Anatomy.
From piano and vocal performances to a flag-folding presentation and 21-gun salute, the first-year students honored the body donors, who have provided them invaluable opportunities to directly observe and learn.
Prior to and following the ceremony, student ushers offered tours to the wall of donor names in the area outside the Watanakunakorn Auditorium, so families and friends could see where their loved ones’ names will be displayed for years to come.