Monroe Nash Passes


Former USC hoopster Monroe Nash died Monday of a heart attack in San Diego at the age of 61.

Nash was a fixture off the bench on Bob Boyd's famous 1971 team, considered the best in USC men's basketball history.

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Played with Monroe at SC; what a great person to be around. Always enjoyed my interaction with him except for one, it happened in practice. I was frustrated and tried to take it out on Monroe. Bad idea, his elbows were the most lethal weapons on the court. Fortunately it did nothing to affect my respect and liking for Monroe..... Rest in Peace my Trojan Brother, you were special to a lot of us!

Monroe and I spent our teenage years crossing paths of one another.
He lived on the eastbound side of Olvera Ave in San Diego, I lived of the west side directly across the street. He went to Morse High School to the east, I went to Lincoln High to the west. He went to USC, I went to Viet Nam. He moved back to San Diego after he finished school in the early seventies, I moved to Los Angeles when I finished my service in the war.
I just recently heard about your passing my Brother.
May you RIP.
My love to you and your surviving family.

Roe was a great teammate and a sharp dresser. We last saw each other at the opening of the Galen Center. Monroe and Ron Riley were freshman stars during my High school visit to USC. Monroe was a very gifted athlete and scholar. He received his Masters degree from USC and inspired me to getting my degree. I miss him but will be ever thankful for knowing him as a friend

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