William A. Mitchell Jr., a co-founder of Bastyr University and a naturopathic physician, died Jan. 23 in Seattle of a heart attack. He was 59.
His death followed the death of his youngest son, Noah, 27, only hours earlier that day, also from a heart attack, according to a Bastyr press release.
In 1978, Dr. Mitchell, Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., Lester Griffith, N.D., and Sheila Quinn co-founded Bastyr in the Seattle area. He was the university's first dean of admissions and he helped build it into the country's first accredited naturopathic school. He was a member of Bastyr's faculty and of the university's board of trustees until his death.
Dr. Mitchell was the author of many books about natural medicine including Naturopathic Applications of the Botanical Remedies; Foundations of Natural Therapeutics: Biochemical Apologetics of Naturopathic Medicine; and Plant Medicine in Practice: Using the Teachings of John Bastyr, N.D.
He is survived by his parents, Rachel and William Mitchell Sr.; his brothers, Thomas and Michael; his sister, Laurell Macura; his daughters, Rachel Colburn and Leah Mitchell, N.D.; his son, Saul; his former wife, Roberta Mitchell; and two grandchildren.