Memorial Grove

Virtual Memorial Grove Wall


Two town hall meetings were offered in October to review the conceptual design concept for the memorial site. The material covered during the review sessions can be found here. A final concept plan will be available by year-end. Please reach out to Lauren Hurt, program manager, with any questions at or 314-286-2515.

October 2021 Memorial Grove site improvement update

We thank you for your patience as we continue the restoration of the Tyson Memorial Grove. As of Sept. 24, the landscape contractor has completed short-term improvements to the site, including tree maintenance, manicuring native plantings, mowing, mulch installation and walkway definition. The landscape contractor will continue to visit the site on a biweekly basis to maintain the grounds. In addition, improvements to the memorial wall have been made to address water infiltration.

Family review town hall

A virtual meeting to discuss the design concept being proposed will take place in October. Lauren Hurt, program manager, will work with families to confirm attendance or offer an alternative form of review. All families will receive an update post-review that includes a summary of the information shared within the review session.

Memorial leaf return and refund

All leaves are expected to be shipped in November. Please confirm your mailing address with Lauren Hurt, program manager, to ensure your leaf arrives promptly and safely.

If you have yet to receive a refund check or have any additional questions, please contact Lauren Hurt, program manager, at or 314-286-2515.

Recent progress photos

September 2021 Memorial Grove site improvement: current update site maintenance

We apologize for the inconvenience you may have experienced during your past and recent visits to the Memorial Grove and the delay in site condition improvements and repairs.

Effective immediately, a landscape contractor will service the site on a biweekly basis. The memorial grove management is transitioning to the medical campus operations team and planning for the monument wall replacement, walkway improvements, signage, and beautification improvements have begun. This transition will provide for medical campus-level oversight and allow access to maintenance resources. The site will remain natural in the early stages, but targeted beautification and enhancements will occur as plans are developed.

Recent maintenance photos

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Due to the delays caused by water infiltration and memorial installation, we have refunded all families for all leaves purchased (installed and pending installation). Refunds should be received no later than Sept. 26, 2021.

  • A letter was mailed on Aug. 31 to families who have purchased a memorial outlining the maintenance and planning process.
  • As plans develop, further information will be provided.

A plan forward – the transition of physical site management

(8/25/2021) The memorial grove management is transitioning to the campus operations team and planning for the monument wall restoration (or replacement), walkway improvements, signage, and beautification improvements. Concept plans are being prepared and will be available on this website by Oct. 3, 2021. This transition will provide campus-level oversight and allow access to maintenance resources.

Family design participation

We are interested in family feedback on site renewal and monument design. Any family interested in providing input on the site renewal planning concept should contact Lauren Hurt, Planning Assistant at or 314-286-2515, and sign up to participate in our design focus review at the end of September. No follow-up is necessary for families that have already expressed interest directly with our Associate Vice-Chancellor Melissa Hopkins; you are included on the focus review participant listing. We anticipate that the concept review process will begin in early October. Please watch this site for additional updates.

Please don’t hesitate contact Lauren Hurt, Planning Assistant, with any questions you may have related to the physical memorial grove site or leaf reimbursements. For inquiries related to the donor program that are not memorial grove site-related, please contact Dan Loesche, Program Manager, at or 314-362-3599.

Thank you again for your patience and commitment to the memorial grove and the School of Medicine Education Program. We look forward to sharing more information with you as we move forward.

Recognition of donors

All donor tissue is cremated once teaching has been completed. Cremated remains are scattered at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center near Eureka, Missouri. In remembrance of those who have participated in the program, the university has established a Memorial Grove at Tyson where family and friends may gather for reflection and closure. Information regarding our Donor Remembrance ceremony can be found under the Donor Remembrance tab.

Address and directions

101-199 N. Outer Road E., Eureka, MO 63025

From St. Louis:

  • Take Interstate 44 West to Exit 266 – Lewis Rd.
  • Turn right on to N. Outer Rd. and the entrance will be on your right
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