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Ceremony Remembers Those Who ‘Upon Death Became Teachers’

Ceremony Remembers Those Who ‘Upon Death Became Teachers’
Students listen as Professor Tara Fay (right) teaches in the anatomy lab.

Students joined faculty and staff of the Panuska College of Professional Studies for a service to honor those who donated their bodies to further education in the health professions. 

In the summer and fall semesters, 264 undergraduate and graduate students studying nurse anesthesia, physical therapy, occupational therapy or exercise science and sport learned firsthand the intricacies of the human body in the gross anatomy lab thanks to the gifts these individuals bestowed. 

Each benefactor’s death was “transformed into a celebration of knowledge,” Alissa Zajac, a doctor of physical therapy candidate, said in her reflection, which she shared at a fall Celebration of Remembrance Ceremony. 

“Upon death, they became teachers to our students,” said Cheryil Demkosky, director of the Panuska College of Professional Studies laboratories, who organized the service.

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