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Whole Body Donations

Body Donation

The gift of one’s body is an invaluable contribution to the education of forensic anthropologists and ultimately the advancement of science. The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State accepts body donations for scientific research purposes under the Universal Anatomical Gift Act. Your full body donation makes cutting edge research in forensic sciences and biological anthropology possible. Your gift supports scientific research, training, and professional education.

Contacting FACTS about a donation

If you would like to will your body or the body of a deceased family member to the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State, please download and complete the appropriate form, discuss the form and your wishes with your family, and contact us with any questions you might have. If you would like more information about the program before you make a commitment to body donation, do not hesitate to contact us. Please send the completed forms to:

Dr. Tim Gocha
Forensic Anthropology Center
Texas State University
Department of Anthropology
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

When contacting FACTS about a donation after hours please call 512-245-1900 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and relationship to the decedent. We will contact you as soon as possible.

If the decedent is a living (pre-registered) donor who has passed away, please leave a message with the name of the decedent and someone will contact you shortly.

If the decedent was not pre-registered with FACTS, please complete the NOK paperwork and email ( a scanned copy or fax (512-245-6889) the form to the office for review. All NOK donation inquiries will be responded to between the hours of 9-5 PM, Monday through Friday.

FACTS can pick up remains within 100 miles of San Marcos. All transportation costs and arrangements outside of 100 miles are the responsibility of the donor or his/her Next of Kin. All donations should be kept in refrigeration until transportation arrangements are made. The costs associated with refrigeration are the responsibility of the NOK.