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Thomas JeffersonPathologist To Describe DNA Investigation Into Jefferson-Hemings Relationship Sept. 27 At U.Va. Club

September 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 Hall.

Foster 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.

Foster, 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.

The 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.

The 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 and golf.

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 juliewp1@excite.com.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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