Establishment of the PAHx Museum at the Stead Center
Dr. Stead died on June 12, 2005. Soon thereafter, his family donated furniture, books, pictures and other artifacts to the Society to be used to recreate his lake home office within the Stead Center. The Society’s archivist, Mira Waller, and executive director, Reginald Carter, began immediately recreating the office based on photographs taken of the lake home office prior to Dr. Stead’s Death.
Creating the Stead Office Museum
Dr. Stead died on June 12, 2005. Soon thereafter, his family donated furniture, books, pictures and other artifacts to the Society to be used to recreate his lake home office within the Stead Center. The Society’s archivist, Mira Waller, and executive director, Reginald Carter, began immediately recreating the office based on photographs taken of the lake home office prior to Dr. Steads Death.
Creating Lobby Wall Exhibits and Display Cases
With a generous gift from Ron Nelson, PA-C, and past president of the Society, Reginald Carter designed and Mira Waller prepared shadow box exhibits honoring the founders of the PA profession and highlighting the establishment of national PA organizations.
Creation of Veterans Wall Exhibit
Tim Egan, Vic Germino and Ken Harbert donated posters to the Society to be on display at the Eugene Stead Center. The posters include “Reflections” by artist David Ehlert, “God loves the Grunt” and “Life Savers then … Care Givers Now” by artist George L. Skypeck, “Soldiers – Poem” and the Veterans Caucus poster “Honoring Navy PAs – Memorial Day, May 31, 1999.” In September 2006, Adonna Thompson mounted the prints on the hallway wall near the Prentiss Harrison Resource Room and Alan Dippy, Preparator Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, mounted letters above the prints to read “Reflections – In Honor of Those Who Served.”
Gifting and Dedication of Combat Medic Statue
The original statue was commissioned by Don Pedersen, then director of the Utah Physician Assistant Program, and unveiled on the Utah campus in July 2003. After visiting the Stead Center in February 2006, Don spoke with leaders of the North Carolina Academy about having the statue recast and placed in the Center’s surrounding gardens. He and Kent Wallace, PA-C, from Seattle, took the lead in raising money from various PA organizations. A gifting ceremony was held on March 9, 2007 when the PA Foundation’s Board met at the Center followed by a more elaborate dedication ceremony on April when the weather was more suitable. The statue is titled Life Savers Then – Care Givers Now and was sculptured by John Prazen (1939-2003).
Updating the John McElligott PA Veterans Garden
The updated garden was rededicated on April 8, 2017 to begin the celebration of the PA profession’s 50th Anniversary. The last surviving member of the first PA graduating class at Duke University, Ken Ferrell, was in attendance, along with officials from the PAHx, the NCAPA, the AAPA, the NCCPA, the PAEA, the ARC-PA and distinguished PAs from around the country. Please click here to see photos from the event. This garden is the only one in the United States to honor strictly military and uniformed services PAs. The PAHx Society is indebted to all those who donated to make the garden into a place of remembrance for those who have served their country.