Biographical Information

A native of Buffalo, West Virginia, Charles Patterson Nash earned a B.S. in civil engineering from VMI in 1917. He entered the Marine Corps where he trained as an aviator. While on a bombing mission Nash's plane was hit and he suffered traumatic injuries to his left arm.  He managed to land his plane and was taken prisoner. After his return and recuperation, he received a LL.B. in 1925 from the University of Virginia where he was the Editor of the Law Review. He joined the Law School faculty in 1927 and promoted to Professor of Law in 1937. After 40 years of teaching, he retired in 1967 and remained Professor Emeritus until his death in 1982. Noted for his book, Evidence in Virginia, he taught Evidence, Admiralty and Conflict of Laws, and he was much admired by his students. When Nash retired, Law Weekly noted that “the Law School will, indeed, miss the engaging wit, affable disposition and home-spun approach that he displayed in the classroom.”

Professor Emeritus
Editor, Law Review
Aviator, Marine Corps
Faculty, Alumni
Faculty Presence: 
1927 to 1967