Benjamin Terrell

2011 Donor

This quilt square is dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Travis Terrell.  Ben was an amazing father, husband, mentor, and  friend.  The design is representative of the Hex signs he painted on clocks, memory boxes, hope chests, and  and other items crafted to share with those who were most important to him.  A key feature of the flowerpot, the heart, represents the loving bond of family: in particular the bond that exists between Grandfathers and Grandmothers and their Grandchildren. 

The six flowers in the design represent the members of Ben's immediate family.  Each flower contains a symbol of the favorite things in Ben's life- History, Cooking, Clock Making, Education, Classical Music, and of course, a cocktail glass for his favorite drink, a Manhattan.  The color of the design is the colors he used in his Hex sign paintings, and they exemplify the simple elegance of his life and his work.  The phrase Pax Vobiscum, Peace Be with You, is the way he ended every faculty meeting and special event for over 20 years.

Pax Vobiscum Ben! We love you! We miss you! And we honor you, your life, and your legacy!

Submitted by: Jane, Donor Wife