Ted Nash Long Life Foundation funds Alzheimer’s research.
(from the Center Times, a publication of the The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Campus Edition, August 2017)
Ted Nash, the son of a railroad company man, grew up in his father’s shadow. Born in 1917, he worked as a caring boy while a teen, shoveling coal to heat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s private railroad car while traveling across the U.S. during the 1932 presidential election campaign.
Mr. Nash served in the Army during World War II and later worked for Electro-Motive, a division of General Moters. He set his sights on becoming a millionaire with the intent to eventually donate his money to make the world a better place. Before Mr. Nash’s death in 2002, he established a philanthropic foundation with a mission to help increase the life expectancy of the average American citizen.
For 15 years, Ted Nash Long Life Foundation has granted more than $5.6 million to various research institutions, including more than $1.7 million to UT Southwestern Medical Center. The Foundation’s most recent gift for $200,000 supports scientific study in Alzheimer’s disease under the direction of Dr. Kendra Frederick, Assistant Professor of Biophysics who also holds faculty appointments in the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases and in the Cecil H. and Ida Green Comprehensive Center for Molecular, Computational and Systems Biology.
Dr. Frederick is studying atomic structures using a superconducting magnet, a new technology that allows her to see inside live cells and potentially unlock the mysteries of certain diseases. UT. Southwestern in the fourth university in the nation to acquire this magnet that has transformed the study of atoms and made Dr. Frederick’s work possible.