The George Washington University Medical Center has publicly apologized to an Arlington resident for asking that he pay to donate his wife's body to the university's medical school.

The action follows a Thursday Washington Post article concerning Elias Van Krugel's attempt earlier this month to donate the body of his wife, Rose, who died at George Washington University Hospital, to the medical school.

Van Krugel, who eventually donated the body to Georgetown University School of Medicine, expressed outrage that GW required that he hire an undertaker to transport the body across 23rd Street NW from the hospital to the medical school.

In a statement released by the medical center's public relations office, Dr Ronald P. Kaufman, vice president for medical affairs and executive dean of the Medical Center, said:

"I deeply regreat the concern and personal distress that our prior policy has caused Mr. Elias Van Krugel, husband of the late Rose Van Krugel who died at the University Hospital on Dec. 15.

"The Medical Center is indebted to Mr. Van Krugel for focusing out attention on this matter.

"Effective immediately, this policy has been changed to cover the costs which accompany the donation of a body locally to the School of Medicine. I know that our faculty joins with me in a sincere apology to Mr. Van Krugel at his time of keep grief," the statement concluded.