To Describe DNA Investigation Into Jefferson-Hemings Relationship
Sept. 27 At U.Va. Club
13, 2000 -- Dr.
Eugene Foster, the retired Charlottesville pathologist who performed
DNA tests on descendents of Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, will
be the featured speaker at the opening meeting of the University
of Virginia Women's Club on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Alumni
will begin his talk, titled "The Intersection of Science and
History: DNA and the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings Story,"
at approximately 8:15 p.m. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.
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
of descendants of other Virginia families unrelated to the Jeffersons.
Foster will give a slide presentation and talk about the scientific
merits of his research.
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. It was founded in 1948 as the Faculty
Wives Club of the University of Virginia to promote sociability
among its members and to provide service to the University community.
The name was changed in 1991 to more accurately reflect a membership
that is no longer limited to faculty wives.
club's service groups provide volunteer help at numerous sites
including the Discovery Museum, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
and the U.Va. Hospital and Children's Medical Center. Special-interest
groups explore such common interests as antiques, books, gardening
For more information on the club or this year's groups and
events, access the club's web site at www.virginia.edu/~womenclb
or contact president Julie Patterson at (804) 977-2727 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857