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Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., director of the East Carolina Heart Institute, left, and Thomas Edwards, chairman of the board for the East Carolina University Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, unveil the “Hands of Hope” sculpture June 10. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Sculpture honoring Brody unveiled at Heart Institute

A sculpture at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University honors the legacy of one of the school’s founders while also symbolizing his and the school’s sense of service to eastern North Carolina.

Those were the thoughts expressed by Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., director of the East Carolina Heart Institute, during the unveiling ceremony June 10.

The sculpture is titled “Hands of Hope” and was created by artists Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran and Hanna Juban, a professor at ECU School of Art and Design. It was commissioned by Myrtilla Brody in memory of her late husband, J.S. “Sammy” Brody. He was an early advocate and supporter of the medical school that now bears his family name.

“Many now will benefit from (Myrtilla Brody’s) wisdom in providing this lasting memorial to her husband and our friend, Mr. Sammy Brody,” Chitwood said. “This sculpture is a lasting reminder of his abiding hope for better health for all people of eastern North Carolina.”



This story appeared originally in the Aug. 27, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/poe/2010/810/August-2010-Archives.cfm.