On Wednesday, Karen Gorline drove some 175 miles just to hear someone speak her brother's name.
Stephen Franklin Gorline was 46 when he died last August, one day after his birthday, a man remembered by his family for his independence and wit - and, now, for donating his body to science.
He and more than 260 other anatomical donors were honored in a packed conference room on the UMMC campus, as several hundred relatives, friends, faculty and students listened to their names being read off by Dr. Allan Sinning, professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences and director of the Body Donation Program.
The donated bodies will be used to provide an education like no other to medical, dental and health related professions students at UMMC.
“My little brother thought it just needed to be done,” Karen Gorline said. “He wanted a way to help other people even after he was gone. And this ceremony today, I believe, can give family members some closure.”