Teacher, Mentor, Friend

We’ve lost one of our greatest elders…

I’ve just learned that my dear friend, teacher and colleague, Dr. Jim Sensenig died in his sleep last night.

Our profession owes an immense debt to Jim’s efforts. In many ways our rebirth and continued growth is his legacy.

Among the many things he did, he kept National College of Naturopathic Medicine on it’s feet when it was floundering. He founded the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine and was it’s first president. He led the licensing efforts, with Bob Timberlake, that got us New Hampshire, Maine and Utah. He founded the Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and the Naturopathic Medicine Institute. He wrote and taught thousands of students, at all the schools.

He was brilliant, articulate, passionate, charismatic and a visionary. He loved our medicine and devoted his life to it.

I personally owe him so much. He taught me the medicine and taught me how to teach the medicine. He taught me how to be effective in our legislative efforts and during that time, taught me how to smoke a cigar.

So many memories, powerful, funny, challenging and endearing.

Jim was a precious friend and an inspiration and I will miss him deeply.

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