“Robin had great compassion and dedication for the people she knew and cared about,” says her husband, Kenneth Nash, “but she also never met a stranger she didn’t like. She had an incredible amount of give in her, and never thought there would be any need for payback.”
Dr. Nash graduated from UIC with a BS degree in pharmacy in 1977. She began her career as a pharmacist in Virginia and in the mid 1980s returned to her hometown area of Joliet and joined the pharmacy staff at Silver Cross Hospital.
In her mid 40s, she decided to return to school for an advanced degree because it would allow her to become more involved in clinical care.
While working toward her PharmD at UIC, pediatrics had the biggest impact on her. “It was very challenging and difficult for her,” her husband describes. “Her sons were born two and a half months premature.”
She was also committed to pushing forward pain management for advanced cancer patients (her first husband died of cancer in the 1980s, and Dr. Nash cared for him while working full-time and raising two small twin sons).
Upon receiving her PharmD in 1999, she became actively involved in clinical care of patients at Silver Cross Hospital, significantly influencing the institution of their pain management program.
After her death, Robin’s family spent time thinking about an appropriate memorial to her. “Given her dedication to the profession, it was the first thing that came to mind,” says her husband. “I wanted to create a permanent memorial and something that would have impact on people.”
The Dr. Robin Nash Clinical Pharmacy Scholarship will fund partial tuition for a P3 student with a strong interest in pursuing a career in clinical practice.