Courtney "Corky" Nason loved the University of Kansas and was committed to the cause of promoting family medicine.
Nason, who died July 9, 2020 at age 85, left a rich legacy to help support family medicine education and to help KU continue to train competent, compassionate, civically-engaged healthcare providers.
He and his wife Phyllis endowed the Nason Professorship in Family Medicine & Community Health in honor of Mr. Nason's grandfather, father and brother, all of whom were physicians with strong ties to KU and Wyandotte County.
They also created the annual Nason Family Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Education. Since 2004, it has worked to celebrate and retaining top educators in the Family Medicine & Community Health faculty.
Corky Nason was a proud KU alumnus, a Navy veteran, an active churchgoer and a gregarious friend and neighbor. But nothing was more important than family. The Nasons had two children and five grandchildren, to which they were devoted.
He also had a passion for doing things. He founded Nason Associates Inc., an aviation insurance firm, and served as its CEO until retiring in 2013. The company may have stoked his love for flying small planes and he owned (or co-owned) a Cessna 172, Piper Turbo Arrow and a Seneca III.
He also adored cars, especially Volkswagen Beetles, and took pride in helping each of his kids and grandkids get their first set of wheels.
Corky Nason skied, played tennis and served as a volunteer firefighter. He worked at his churches, led a Boy Scout troop, followed local theater and was an active Rotarian. But family medicine was in his blood. He knew that being a practitioner required commitment and sacrifice - and that good ones are worth their weight in gold to a community.
His family's investments in family medicine and community health at the University of Kansas Medical Center will serve to honor his memory for years to come.
To contribute to the:
- Nason Endowed Professorship in Family Medicine & Community Health
- Nason Family Award in Excellence in Family Medicine Education
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