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Bastyr University Library Historical Collections: BU Founders

The Founding Four

Bastyr Founders, Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Dr. William A. Mitchell, Les Griffith and Sheila Quinn named the university in honor of Dr. Bastyr, their inspirational mentor, colleague and teacher.

The University as we know it has been through changes over the years, moving locations and even changing its name from "John Bastyr College of Natural Medicine". Although BU has continued to grow, after 40 Years it's interesting to look back at how it started, and how far we've come!

Bastyr University Library has a number of publications that explore the medicine as it has been taught by Dr Pizzorno, and Dr Mitchell, as well as some unique documents that allow us to hear about the founding of the University from the "Founding Four" themselves.

Read the story in the Founder's own words. An interview with Bastyr Founding Fathers, June 19, 2003.

Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND

Dr. Les Griffith, ND

Dr. Les Griffith

"Dr. Lester Griffith earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from Western Washington University in 1971, a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from NCNM in 1975, and a Master of Herbology degree from Emerson College in 1983. He continued his health care studies and received certification as a registered nurse; an emergency room technician; an emergency medical technician;a surgical technician; and also as a midwife. Shortly after graduation from NCNM, Griffith co-founded Bastyr University with Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, Dr. William Mitchell and Sheila Quinn." Source: NCNM Press Release, May 11, 2010

Sheila Quinn

Sheila Quinn

Sheila Quinn: Lifelong Pioneer for Integrated Healthcare


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