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Graduation success for student Marion whose father donated body to medical science at Queen's

15/12/2017


Marion Jackson will graduate today (Friday 15 December) with a Master’s in Biological Sciences.

Queen’s University student Marion Jackson (50) will graduate today (Friday 15th December) with a Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Biological Sciences.

Speaking of her learning experience at Queen’s, Marion said, “The most enjoyable part was engaging in the learning process with my fellow classmates - with lecturers who facilitated learning, who were engaging, interactive, and encouraged hands-on learning.  At times it felt like we were on 'The Apprentice' and I loved every minute!”

Graduating today in the field of biological science, Marion shares her passion for learning with her father: “My dad loved learning.  He was a book-lover and introduced us kids to the classic tales, fables and poetry that sometimes put us to sleep.  We went on camping adventures. He was outdoorsy and loved nature.”

Sadly, however, whilst studying for her Master’s Degree, Marion lost her father in March of this year following his battle with Alzheimer’s.

“In 2015 I took a phone call from my sister about my father who had been wandering in a state of undress and taken to hospital for hypothermia.  The Alzheimer's had taken a greater grip and he then needed 24 hour care.  Alzheimer's is not a pleasant experience.   After a fall, dad never recovered due to complications.”

After his death, Marion’s father’s wish was to donate his body to medical science at Queen’s University, like his father before him who previously donated his retinas to Queen’s, so as to help others in the future.

Speaking ahead of her graduation, Marion remembers her dad’s sense of humour: “It will be strange, but comforting to know that whilst I am receiving my Master's at Queen's, my dad will be in another building elsewhere on campus.  He would have found that funny, he was like that.

“Not at all irreverent, he just enjoyed the ironies of life.  Knowing that he will be there in spirit, as well as in body...well, there is no way to say this without sounding a bit weird, but he still would have appreciated that.  That's just my Dad.” 

Marion’s family join her today to celebrate her success.  She adds: “With support and encouragement from my husband and our seven children I finally made it through.  I am absolutely delighted to be graduating with Distinction.  Daddy would have been so proud.”

For media inquiries, please contact Queen’s University Communications Office, 028 9097 3091 comms.office@qub.ac.uk

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