Dr. Roy' s Chairman Portrait Unveiled
Dr. Raymond Roy’s Portrait Unveiled
Our Annual Alumni Reception was a great time to reunite with current and former residents, friends, and colleagues. The event was held this year on August 23, 2013 at The Piedmont Club where all shared in the unveiling of Dr. Raymond Roy’s portrait.
Here is a portion of what Dr. Roy had to say about his portrait.
“This department has always been a place where we believed in anesthesia as a profession and in the importance of collegiality. We care for both our patients and our colleagues. It is all of us.
I thank Dr. Tobin for commissioning this portrait. I thank the department for allowing me to share this moment with my family. I am accompanied by my wife Connie, two of my three daughters Katharine and Taylor, one of my three sons-in-law Doug, and five of my six grandchildren, Margaret, Thomas, Jack, Eleonora, and Nevio.
I’d like to make a few comments about the portrait. The artist is Louis Guidetti, the son of Dr. Dick Guidetti, a former resident and faculty member with us. Louis does not paint from photographs. He demanded more than forty hours of “sitting.” I can tell you I was frequently very stiff after one of his two-three hour sessions. No pose is comfortable held that long. But it was worth it. I think he has enormous talent.
I am honored that the portrait will be hung alongside the portraits of two mentors, Dr. Thomas Irving and Dr. Frank James, who preceded me as chair. Tom instilled in me the joy of anesthesia as a profession. Frank taught me to expect more of myself. The background is significant because it references a third mentor, my father-in-law, Dr. Thomas Green. The microscope depicted was the one he used in medical school and then gave to me to use. He loved medicine and provided great emotional support. But perhaps my best and most important mentors have been my wife and children. I have finally matured into the husband my wife has always wanted me to be and into the father my daughters wanted me to be. I am also finally ready to be a great department chair, but my time for that has come and gone. There is a lesson here somewhere.” ~ Raymond C. Roy, MD, PhD, Anesthesiology Chair, 1998-2008.
The 3 portraits are displayed in the reception area of the Department of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine as shown above.
photo left: Raymond C. Roy, PhD, MD, Chairman 1998-2008
photo center: Francis M. James, III, MD, Chairman, 1983-1998
photo right: Thomas H. Irving, MD, Chairman, 1970-1982