Happy Birthday, Dr. Bastyr

Portrait of Dr. John Bastyr
Courtesy of Mark Frey

How well do you know our University’s namesake?

Here's a video about Dr. Bastyr:

And 10 facts you may not have known about Dr. Bastyr:

  • His mother was a gardener and herbalist, and his father was a pharmacist
  • He built his own house in Kent, even felling some of the trees on the property himself
  • He and his wife maintained a four-acre farm with a garden, orchard, goats, ducks, geese, cats, dogs and bees
  • He played the fiddle and loved to sing
  • He delivered babies underwater and encouraged mothers to breastfeed at a time when mainstream society frowned upon it
  • He once said that if he could choose only one therapy, it would be his hands
  • He stated that if he hadn’t become a doctor, he would have gone to seminary at St. Edward’s
  • He had a tremendous memory, reciting passages from books and recalling patients’ names, addresses and treatments years later
  • At times, his private practice was so busy he wouldn’t go home to sleep; He’d stand in a corner of his office and doze upright in between appointments and calls to births
  • He cared for patients day and night, regardless of their ability to pay

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