University honors human donors in special ceremony

4/29/17-Quinnipiac University Ceremony of Gratitude at the Quinnipiac University of North Haven Campus

Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Gift

Members of the university community came together to honor those who contributed to the Anatomical Gift Program.


lanca Reyes dedicated her life to the teaching and study of science. That’s why, when faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis, the 61-year-old anatomy professor decided to donate the ultimate gift to the field she loved: her body.

Our Anatomical Gift Program, now in its fourth year, acquires human donations for the university. It adds a dynamic layer to anatomical study, allowing students to determine for themselves what a cause of death may have been, and sometimes discover things that a coroner may have even missed.

“We are one of only three universities in the state with a program like this,” said Jesse Gomes, assistant director of the Anatomical Gift Program. “It is truly unique.”