to speak on DNA study of Jefferson descendants
Eugene Foster, the retired Charlottesville pathologist who performed
DNA tests on descendants of Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, will
be the featured speaker at the opening meeting of the University
of Virginia Women's Club on Sept. 27.
will give his talk, "The Intersection of Science and History:
DNA and the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings Story," at
8:15 p.m. in Alumni Hall.
a pathologist at the U.Va. hospital from 1959 to 1976 and a professor
emeritus of pathology at Tufts University, traveled around the
United States in 1977 to collect blood samples from men who are
descendants of Jefferson's slaves. He also tested the DNA of descendants
of Jefferson's confirmed relatives, as well as a control group.
U.Va. Women's Club is open to all women members, wives and widows
of the University's faculty, administration, research staff and
athletics department. Newcomers to the club are encouraged to
arrive at the reception prior to the meeting around 7 p.m.
club's service groups provide volunteers at several sites, including
the University Hospital and Children's Medical Center. Special-interest
groups explore such common interests as antiques, books, gardening
information, see the club's Web site at www.virginia.edu/~womenclb,
or contact president Julie Patterson at 977-2727 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.