Veteran's Administration Hospital renamed for long-time veteran's advocate Robley Rex


by Adrianna Hopkins

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 10 at 8:42 PM

(WHAS11)  After years of simply being known as the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, the facility on Zorn Avenue has a new name.

It’s a name that most will agree exemplifies what it means to serve your country.

A World War I veteran and a tenacious volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Robley Rex was an advocate for veteran’s rights for more than 80 years.

He died in 2009 at 107-years-old and now his legacy will live on.

The Veteran’s Administration Hospital will be renamed after Robley Rex.

Wayne Pfeffer, Medical Center Director said, “This immortalizes what we’re all about.  Who he was, his contagious smile and spirit are what we want to have at the facility.”

Rex logged over 14,000 hours volunteering at the facility; what his family calls an inspiration to us all.

Sarah Paul, Rex’s great niece said, “How appropriate to dedicate the hospital for such a dedicated man.”

The idea to rename the building was the brainchild of Congressman John Yarmuth and Senator Mitch McConnell.
They may agree on little, except this.

Congressman Yarmuth said, “This was such an obvious tribute.  Mitch and I both knew and wanted to be together for this.”

Veterans and veteran’s support groups attended the dedication ceremony with pride.

Rex spent at least five hours a day, three days a week at the hospital.

Congressman Yarmuth said he and Senator McConnell were elated to have the renaming happen so quickly after Rex passed away last year.