Interment Ceremony honors donors of Deeded Body Program

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—An interment ceremony honoring the memory of those who donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education will take place next week at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences' plot at Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks.

The service begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 19, as the School pays respect and tribute to donors of the Deeded Body Program.

"The interment service is to recognize and thank the special men and women who had the foresight to donate in a sincere effort to advance our teaching program and to make a profound difference in the lives of many aspiring physicians," said Kenneth Ruit, PhD, assistant dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, and associate professor in the Department of Basic Sciences.

The School conducts this ceremony once every three years to inter the cremated remains of donors who have chosen to be interred in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences' plot. Family members of donors being interred have been invited, as have the School's faculty, staff, and students.

Dr. Ruit and Haris Ali, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Basic Sciences, will speak from a faculty perspective about the value and significance of the Deeded Body Program.

Local clergy who are participating in the service are pastors Chad Brucklacher of Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center at UND and Jerry Bass, retired from Wesley United Methodist Church.

Those attending the service should use the 10th Avenue entrance off North Columbia Road; signs will be posted designating the exact location.

The director of the Deeded Body Program at the School is Mandy Meyer, PhD, assistant professor in the Departments of Basic Sciences and Occupational Therapy.

For more information, please contact the Department of Basic Sciences at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, (701) 777-2215.