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Media Advisory: WashU Medical Campus street to be renamed Nash Way to honor physicians who advocated and cared for generations of St. Louis children

Name change honors beloved pediatricians Helen E. Nash, MD, and her brother Homer E. Nash Jr., MD

October 13, 2022

Courtesy of the Nash family

What: On Friday, Oct. 14, on the Washington University Medical Campus, Children’s Place between Euclid and Taylor avenues will be renamed Nash Way to honor beloved Washington University pediatricians Helen E. Nash, MD, and her brother Homer E. Nash Jr., MD, both of whom spent decades providing health care to and advocating for generations of children in St. Louis, many of whom were poor and Black. The siblings, who also treated patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, influenced physicians, trainees and a range of other health-care workers to emphasize health equity in patient care.

Related: A family of pediatricians paves way for health equity in St. Louis

Street on Medical Campus to be renamed Nash Way

The siblings, in turn, inspired Washington University pediatrician Alison C. Nash, MD, to continue her aunt’s and father’s legacies. Nash, a Washington University professor of clinical pediatrics, now treats the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of her aunt’s and father’s patients at Nash Pediatrics in north St. Louis.

Helen and Homer Nash died in 2013 and 2022, respectively. Alison C. Nash, MD, will represent the family at the renaming of the street.

The renaming was approved by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen.

Where: The dedication ceremony will be held in the Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110, on the Washington University Medical Campus.

When: Media can arrive at 5:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, for photo/video opportunities of the newly installed Nash Way signage at Taylor Avenue and Nash Way (formerly Children’s Place). Parallel parking will be available for media, in the circle between the Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 S. Euclid Ave., and the Mid Campus Center, 4590 Children’s Place (now Nash Way).

The dedication ceremony will begin in the Eric P. Newman Education Center at 5:30 p.m.

A plaque that describes the Nashes’ legacy and the dedication of Nash Way will be revealed in the lobby of the Eric P. Newman Education Center at 5:45 p.m.

Photo/video opportunities and interviews:

Exterior images of Nash Way.

Interior images of plaque reveal.

Interviews with Will Ross, MD, associate dean of diversity at Washington University School of Medicine; Alison C. Nash, MD, Washington University clinical professor of pediatrics, daughter of Homer E. Nash Jr., MD, and niece of Helen E. Nash, MD.