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Dr. P. Kenneth Nase '55

In Memoriam
Albright Trustee Dr. P. Kenneth Nase '55

Dr. P. Kenneth Nase, Albright Trustee, alumnus and long-time friend of Albright College died May 26.

The husband of Jane M. (Masters) Nase, daughter of former Albright president Harry V. Masters, Dr. Nase presented the largest gift from a living donor in Albright’s 144-year history in 1999. The gift established the College’s first fully-endowed faculty chair, the Dr. P. Kenneth Nase Chair of Biology, held by Dr. Karen Campbell.

Dr. Nase graduated from Albright in 1955 with a degree in biology. He served on the Board of Trustees since 1992, and chaired the enrollment committee. In 1997 he was awarded the Jacob Albright Award, the most prestigious award of the Albright Alumni Association.

A long-time participant in the Albright Alumni Association and member of the executive committee, Dr. Nase was a strong advocate of the College’s alumni program. In 1994, out of a passion for the alumni program and to insure its success, he purchased a new state-of-the-art alumni data system for the College.

Upon graduating from Hahnemann University Medical School, Philadelphia in 1959, he interned at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., and attended the Navy School of Aviation, where he served as a flight surgeon.
Afterward, Dr. Nase worked at Will’s Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, until 1968, when he pursued a private practice at the West Reading Ophthalmic Associates, retiring in 1992. He was the first vitreal-retinal specialist in the greater Reading area, a specialty that until then was available only in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh.

He is also survived by three daughters: Jane M. Nase Henderson, Charlotte, N.C.; Sara B. Nase Leidal, Downingtown, Chester County; and Margaret A. Nase Florio, Phoenixville, Chester County. Also surviving is a brother, Dr. Donald F. Nase, Telford, Montgomery County.

A memorial service was held in Merner Pfeiffer Klein Memorial Chapel.

Memorial gifts can be made to the
P. Kenneth Nase Memorial Fund
c/o Albright College
13th & Bern Streets, P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-5234