Founders' Day Honors Natural Medicine Pioneers

Founders' Day award dinner

Commemorating legacy. Celebrating accomplishments. Honoring the University’s founders and future leaders. That’s what the night of November 1, 2014 was all about as Bastyr University hosted its eighth annual Founders’ Day Dinner.

Bastyr University’s Dining Commons in Kenmore, Wash., was the place to be as attendees celebrated those who have made a positive difference in the world of natural health, while at the same time honoring those who helped make the school what it is today. This year’s event raised funds for scholarships and priority needs of the University.

The dinner recognizes the Mission Award and four Founders’ Awards, which are named after University founders and presented to Bastyr students, employees, alumni and friends for outstanding professional achievement and service to natural health.

This year’s winners were:

  • Thomas Trompeter, MPA – Bastyr University Mission Award

Given annually to the individual, family, corporation or foundation who has demonstrated leadership over time in improving the health and well-being of the human community.

  • Adam Silberman, ND Candidate (’16) – The Les Griffith, ND, Student Award

Given annually in Dr. Griffith's name to a current student who has achieved eminence in their field of study and has rendered exceptional service to the University, bettering the entire Bastyr community and advancing the University's objectives and ideals.

Given annually in Dr. Mitchell's name to recognize exemplary philanthropy and outstanding dedication to Bastyr University.

  • Lise Alschuler, ND ('94) – The Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, Alumna/Alumnus Award

Given annually in Dr. Pizzorno's name and granted to an alumnus who has achieved eminence in his/her field of study and has rendered exceptional service to Bastyr, bettering the entire Bastyr community and advancing the University's objectives and ideals.

  • Anna Graklanoff, ND and MS Acupuncture Candidate (‘15) – The Sheila Quinn Service to Society Award

           Recognizes an individual who is pursuing his/her education and provides outstanding leadership in volunteer service and civic engagement to their community and neighbors. 

“Our Founders’ Awards connect our past with our present and future,” says Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “Natural medicine has come a long way in a short amount of time, and with leaders like these, I foresee bigger and better things to come.”

Guests enjoyed a gourmet meal from Bastyr University Director of Food Services Jim Watkins and his staff. They watched moving videos highlighting the importance of scholarships for Bastyr students. The master of ceremonies was Angela King of King 5 News Seattle.