Hays artist honored by alma mater
Published on -5/28/2013, 2:45 PM
LITTLE ROCK -- Retired Hays psychiatrist and watercolorist John Cody has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of his alma mater, the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Cody studied medical illustration at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore before coming to UAMS to work as a medical illustrator. He decided to become a physician and graduated from UAMS in 1960. Cody trained in psychiatry and settled in Hays, where he still lives. He practiced psychiatry across much of Kansas and directed High Plains Mental Health Center for 22 years.
Fascinated with silk moths since he was a child, Cody has traveled the world to find the specimens that he paints in remarkable detail. Dubbed the "Audubon of moths," his work has been featured at many galleries and museums including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. A species of moths in the Himalayas has been named after Cody in recognition of his extraordinary art and his advocacy of moths, which are threatened by environmental degradation. He is also an accomplished author on many topics.
Cody was traveling abroad and unable to attend UAMS' April 30 Dean's Honor Day ceremony, which highlights achievements and contributions of faculty, staff and alumni. Established in 2004, the Hall of Fame recognizes alumni and faculty from throughout the college's 134-year history for achieving extraordinary distinction as a physician, scientist, innovator or leader.