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The late Thad and Alice Eure were well known for their restaurants, the Angus Barn and the 42nd Street Oyster Bar, but when their son was diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder, their lives took a turn. After finding few good answers to their seven-year search for help, the Eures established in 1984 the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness, a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to funding breakthroughs in the treatment of mental illness. The foundation has given nearly $2 million for research and 'seed money' has leveraged an additional $89 million in federal grants at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dorothea Dix Hospitals.
Until 1971, when the state constitution was amended, the North Carolina General Assembly met six days a week. This tradition began because of the poor roads and transportation systems. It was too difficult for members to go back and forth between their homes and the capital. But because the State Constitution had mandated the length of these legislative sessions in 1868, even after transportation was improved the General Assembly continued to meet from Monday to Saturday. Secretary of State Thad Eure had participated in the Saturday sessions since 1925, and he made sure to be there for the last one on June 26, 1971.
Famous Raleigh restaurateur Thad Eure Jr., who died in 1988 at the age of 56, was honored by his industry at the 42nd annual meeting of the North Carolina Restaurant Association through the posthumous presentation of the 1989 A. G. \"Griff\" Glover Distinguished Service Award. Eure was one of the individuals who founded the nationally known Angus Barn in 1960. In all he had a hand in starting around fifty restaurants in the Southeast.
Thad Eure and his son Thad, Jr. both have staying power in their respective fields. Thad, Sr. was elected to the General Assembly in 1929, and in 1986 will celebrate his fiftieth year as NC Secretary of State. His son is a well-known Raleigh restaurateur who has operated a number of restaurants. The Angus Barn, which he opened in 1960, is the best-known.