Joshua Berry, ND
Class of 1998
Dr. Joshua Berry died Feb. 2, 2010, of glioblastoma. He opened his family practice, Hawleyville Naturopathic Medical Center, in Newton, Connecticut, where he focused on pediatrics and family care. Dr. Berry had a passion and gift for working with children. He devoted his life to helping others as a physician, college professor, and in the numerous coaching positions he volunteered for.
“Dr. Josh was our daughter’s beloved ‘healer’ of nearly three years. Brilliant, loving and so very gifted. He touch so many lives. We were blessed to have been cared for by this beautiful man. God used him to help us save our daughter. We do not believe that she would be with us had he not pulled her through the life-threatening complications she experienced…He was a gentle man who saved another…now gone. Blessings, Sojourner” —From the mother of a patient
David Greenspan, ND
Class of 1990
“Dr. Greenspan’s passion for the medicine was unbridled. He was an extremely bright, gifted physician, a leader for the naturopathic profession.”
—Dr. David J. Schleich, NUNM President
Dr. David A. Greenspan died suddenly on March 13, 2010. Shortly after graduation, he opened Greenspan GoodHealth Clinic in Tigard, Oregon, and began a successful private practice, building a reputation as a brilliant clinician. A leader in the naturopathic community, Dr. Greenspan served as a member of NCNM’s board of directors, and also as president of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He hosted a Portland cable access TV show about naturopathic medicine called “Nature’s Way” for several years.
Ken Harmon, ND
Class of 1964
Dr. Kenneth “Freeman” Harmon, 74, of Burien, Washington, passed away on Nov. 5, 2011. Born in Havre, Montana, in 1937, he moved with his family to Washington at age five. He studied at Western States Chiropractic College and then National College of Naturopathic Medicine, where he graduated in 1964. Dr. Harmon then established a private practice in Burien, Washington, where he practiced for 45 years until his death. He was a longtime board member of NWNPC and a man of many hobbies, including fishing, hunting and stamp collecting.
Dr. Cecilia Hart passed away on June 20, 2009. She was medical director of the Berkeley Integrative & Naturopathic Medical Group in Berkeley, California, and a professor at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley. Dr. Hart attended Stanford University and had a lifelong commitment to social change. Her profession was a natural extension of that commitment. Dr. Hart traveled extensively, studying with several prominent healers. She specialized in autoimmune and chronic diseases, and believed that the deepest healing begins with spirit.
Jenefer Huntoon, ND
Class of 1975
Dr. Jenefer Huntoon, 64, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on Sept. 21, 2011. Born in Decatur, Alabama, in 1947, she spent her childhood years in Indiana and Michigan. Dr. Huntoon was involved with nutrition and healthy eating her whole life, and after obtaining her naturopathic doctorate degree she delved into plant enzyme therapy and developed a special interest in treating digestive disorders. She served on the board of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Washington State Naturopathic Advisory Committee for many years. Dr. Huntoon’s hobbies included sailing, ice and roller skating, hiking, and meeting with friends at the Mountaineers and Mensa clubs. She is remembered by many for her love of walking and skating around Green Lake for exercise with friends.
Konrad Kail, ND
Class of 1983
Dr. Konrad Kail, 62, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on July 18, 2011. Dr. Kail established and operated the Naturopathic Family Practice for 25 years with his wife and was co-founder of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM); director of Southwest Naturopathic Research Institute of SCNM; former president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; chair of Arizona’s Naturopathic Board of Medical Examiners; and was appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. His body was donated to the University of Arizona, Tucson, for research purposes.
Suzanne C. Lawton, ND
Class of 1998
Dr. Suzanne Lawton died peacefully Jan. 26, 2010, from uterine cancer. After graduation, Dr. Lawton opened a practice in Tigard, Oregon, where she treated both children and adults with Asperger Syndrome. She also continued to study and practice classical homeopathy, leading study groups and workshops on practical home applications.
Dr. Lawton wrote and lectured extensively on a number of topics, with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders. In 2007, she published Asperger Syndrome: Natural Steps Toward a Better Life. Dr. Lawton joined NUNM’s faculty in 2005, where she taught about mental health conditions and treatments, and the connection of mind and body to disease.
Brian MacCoy, ND
Class of 1976
Dr. Brian MacCoy died peacefully in his sleep on April 16, 2011. Prior to completing his medical studies at NUNM, Dr. MacCoy received an “Appointment at Large” from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and completed the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. His many professional affiliations included nearly 30 years of service on the board of the Occidental Institute Research Foundation—last serving as the foundation’s medical director. Additionally, Dr. MacCoy was strongly committed to the welfare of youth, proudly volunteering with the Portland Teen Challenge and serving on the board of the North Star Child Development Center in Coeur d’Alene. His tagline on Twitter was “Helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary health results.”
Dr. Anna MacIntosh passed away quietly on Dec. 13, 2009, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was the first dean of NUNM’s research department and one of the first naturopathic physicians appointed to serve on the advisory committee to the NCCAM, the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine.
Dr. MacIntosh was unique among her peers—and perhaps in the history of NUNM: a full-time naturopathic medicine student who also served on the NUNM faculty while completing her studies. She was honored as “NCNM Teacher of the Year” in 1987, and named “Physician of the Year” by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians in 1999.
Deborah Solochek, ND
Class of 2000
Dr. Deborah Solochek Napier died Sept. 29, 2008, after a long, difficult battle with scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease. After graduation, Dr. Solochek began her medical practice in Portland, Oregon, and then she relocated and re-established her practice in Huntington, West Virginia. She was known as a gifted physician with an almost magical knack for healing those who sought her help. An inspiration to all she met, Dr. Solochek was committed to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. She was extremely successful in her work and found great joy in her life.
Robert Wilson, ND
Class of 1993
Dr. Robert Wilson, known at NUNM as “Dr. Bob,” died in an automobile accident April 11, 2013. Dr. Bob was widely recognized for his expertise in minor surgery and his sense of humor. He was known to quip, “I see people as ambulatory lesions, just waiting to be removed.”
His career as a naturopathic physician came on the heels of two other careers. In 1972, he graduated from Michigan Technological University with a master’s degree in aquatic biology. After practicing for 11 years as a freshwater biologist, he went on to pursue his interest in emergency medicine. As an EMT, Dr. Bob served on a local rescue squad where he searched for lost hunters and helped rescue drowning victims.
After discovering naturopathic medicine and recognizing his combined interests in nature and medicine, he began studying at NUNM in 1989 and received his ND degree in 1993. He established a private practice in Hood River, Oregon, for five years, after which time he joined the faculty of NUNM. A full-time assistant professor since 1999, Dr. Bob supervised student interns on clinical rotations and taught courses in emergency medicine, minor surgery and X-ray practicum.
Damon Ziemin, ND, MAc
Class of 2009
Dr. Damon (Johnson) Ziemin, 38, of Portland, Oregon, passed away on Aug. 17, 2010, in a tragic electrical accident while visiting relatives near Moscow, Russia. He was born on July 2, 1972, and grew up in Polson and Anchorage, where he graduated from the University of Alaska with a double major in Russian/premed and a minor in Spanish. Dr. Ziemin went on to continue his education at NUNM, graduating in 2009 with degrees in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine.
Family and friends knew Dr. Ziemin as a Renaissance man: scientist, gardener, wildlands firefighter, chef, world traveler, linguist, musician, Trekkie and “Star Wars” fanatic, trickster and peacemaker. His enthusiasm for life was legend. Friend to many, he brought unlikely groups of people together with music and laughter around many campfires.