The March issue of Our State magazine has a special feature on the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center and its donated animal artwork.
More than 80 photographs and paintings of dogs and cats by noted artists grace the walls of the public spaces of the 110,000-square-foot medical center, one of the most advanced veterinary hospitals in the nation. In addition to adding beauty to the Terry Center, the artwork comforts clients and inspires staff. This is particularly true of the portrait photos of cancer-surviving patients.
The spirit of Fluffy and Snowball–two patients who were the feline companions of Terry Seaks and his wife Jane Lewis Seaks–have been captured in oil paintings and are a part of the Terry Center art gallery. Dr. Seaks, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is also a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation.
It was through the efforts of Dr. Seaks that the editors at Our State magazine became interested in the Terry Center artwork. As noted on the Our State webpage:
We’re often asked how we come up with the stories published in Our State. This month, we heard about the extraordinary Randall B. Terry Center at North Carolina State University through a letter from one of the veterinary hospital’s dedicated volunteers, Terry Seaks. Terry told us about the two oil paintings of his cats, Fluffy and Snowball, that hang in the center. “They lived long lives after professors and students at NCSU saved them. Fluffy had lung cancer cut out at age 13 and lived to be 21. Snowball was saved from a rare but curable heart ailment at age 8 and lived to be 16.” We were so touched by Terry’s appreciation for this place, and we recognized that our readers would be, too
Terry and Jane Seaks have supported the NC State Univeristy College of Veterinary Medicine over the years. One of the most notable contributions is an endowed professorship and Dr. Seaks explained the decision to create the professorship in a 2008 Commentary column he wrote for the CVM Magazine. Read about the Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professorship.
The March issue of Our State magazine is out now. If you are not a subscriber, the magazine is available at bookstores throughout North Carolina. Pick up a copy and read about the Terry Center, its animal artwork, and why the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is a special place for Dr. Terry.