When Bruce and Nancy Meyer married 54 years, little did they know that art and medicine together would provide such a unique focus for their lives. Nancy, a native of Pittsburgh, discovered her passion for art early on, attending Saturday morning art classes at Carnegie Mellon University. It was a blind date with a medical student at Ohio State, however, that would set in motion a life where creating and appreciating art intersected regularly with raising a family, volunteering and Bruce’s practice in pediatrics.
Bruce, a BHS Class of ’57 graduate, earned his medical degree from Ohio State in 1964. He completed his internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1965 and Residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 1967. After completing his fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1970, Bruce joined Dr. E.V. Turner in his pediatric office and worked at Children’s Hospital.
While raising sons Jeff, Jon and Matt, Nancy continued to create and paint and began volunteering as a docent at the Columbus Museum of Art. Being at the museum allowed her to share her love and appreciation of art with children and to take classes at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).
The Meyer’s Bexley home was soon filled with art and there were many trips to art museums across the country and the world. Bruce found himself promoting the benefits of exposure to the arts to the parents of his pediatric patients and later to physicians in training. “I have come to realize that too many scientists have no appreciation for the arts, which provide not only a healthy outlet for stress but a well-rounded life,” said Bruce.
Now, with ten grandchildren, seven of whom will graduate from Bexley High School, Bruce wanted to perpetuate the couple’s appreciation for the Bexley Schools and honor Nancy’s life-long commitment to the power of art to improve lives. The endowment fund they have seeded at the Bexley Education Foundation will support annual docent-led tours of the Columbus Museum of Art as well as other art institutions for Bexley students in grades 5-12.
For Nancy and Bruce, the endowment is a natural extension of their lives with Bruce noting that ‘it’s nice to think of the possibilities” that the endowment will have for Bexley students.