Nina Hyde

Fashion Editor, Breast Cancer Advocate

Nina Hyde reigned as fashion editor of The Washington Post for 18 years, from 1972 until her death in 1990 at the age of 57. An acclaimed reporter, she was said to cover a fashion even as others cover a war. Her good writing and deep thinking earned respect and accolades from colleagues at the paper, members of the fashion industry and readers.

As a journalist and an individual, Nina Hyde possessed a penetrating eye. She wrote about fashion as social history, revealing who we are and how we live. When breast cancer befell her, she saw her illness in a broad social context. Breast cancer, she said, was a national calamity besetting one in nine American women, and she challenged all Americans to fight back.

While struggling with unflagging good humor to save her own life, Nina Hyde reached out to educate and inform others. She fervently believed in the benefits of early detection and in research as the vehicle that would eventually provide a cure for breast cancer.

Nina Hyde did not live to see a cure, but she did rejoice in the establishment of the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research, here at the Lombardi Cancer Center, founded by her long-time friends Ralph Lauren and Katharine Graham of The Washington Post.