Donor Stories

Your Gift Tells a Story

At Bastyr, we believe that the bonds we form are life-changing relationships from which we can learn from each other.  你的天赋讲述了你的故事,并激励了其他人.  

We invite you to read the stories of donors who know that giving to Bastyr University is a good investment for them and for the University.   

Áegis Living CEO Dwayne Clark

Dwayne Clark, along with his wife Terese, 最近荣获二零零八年365体育彩票app宣教奖在位于雷德蒙德的Áegis Living总部, 克拉克于1997年创立了这家价值数百万美元的公司, 他在一条反射疗法上行走,这条疗法是他为他的员工设计的. The path is just one manifestation of how deeply he cares about the people who surround him, from his employees and the residents of his senior living facilities to impoverished strangers in distant parts of the globe.

A longtime supporter of natural medicine in general and Bastyr University in particular, Clark recently donated $100,在学校建立一个健康老龄化研究项目.

"Dwayne stepped up and asked how he could jumpstart a healthy aging program here," says Dr. Timothy C. Callahan, 365体育彩票app的高级副总裁兼教务长, noting that University officials have been engaged in an ongoing conversation about gerontology with Clark and other Áegis Living executives.

The Dwayne J. Clark Center for Healthy Aging – named to recognize Clark for his support of and commitment to Bastyr – will begin as a preventionminded "constellation of activities," as opposed to a building, Dr. Callahan says. Under his leadership, Bastyr has worked to secure grant funding through the National Institutes of Health that "will coalesce around a number of themes, 其中之一是老年学和健康老化."

Dr. Callahan also hopes to secure funding for research projects and clinical work, 包括老年人的高级直接护理. Both he and Clark would like the center to involve Bastyr students with elderly patients.


"I'd like the center to focus on the numerous forms that healthy aging can take," Clark says, “使用一种平衡的方法,积极主动而不是消极被动。."

克拉克在Áegis网站上采用了同样的理念, going "beyond the boundaries of traditional medicine" to incorporate acupuncture, massage, exercise, nutrition, reflexology, stress management, companionship and laughter. For instance, Clark has developed a program at Áegis called Living4Life that is affiliated with both Bastyr and the University of Washington.

生活生活应用了最新的科学, social and health breakthroughs in designing individualized wellness plans for each resident. The goal is to "elevate the mind, 身体和精神通过营养, 锻炼和社区参与."

Áegis' newest property, Bear Creek Lodge, due to open in Redmond in 2010, 是否包括提供自然疗法护理的现场整体健康中心. Multi-generational programming will encourage residents and youth to build relationships. Community and social activities will provide regular opportunities for heart-healthy, stressreducing shared laughter. Áegis salons offer hair styling, manicures, pedicures and skin care, along with saunas, 温水治疗池和性和浪漫咨询, 在老年人口中经常被忽视的领域.


"Aging well means so much more than not smoking and watching your cholesterol," Clark says. As opposed to the conventional practice of "going to the doctor when we're dying, Bastyr focuses on living and preventive measures to help us age in a healthier way."

他自称是365体育彩票app的“巨大支持者”, Clark is married to Terese, 广泛学习替代医学的护士. The couple visited 500 spa facilities around the world before opening one of their own, Spa Agio, in Redmond. Clark recalls a particularly memorable massage he received while traveling in Africa. The massage was administered with "a knotted stick while the masseur told folklore stories," he remembers. 故事的节奏让你感到安全,就像回到了童年. 这消除了所有的压力,创造了一种真正的情感联系."

他的目标之一是帮助天然药物成为主流和, once again, 克拉克说到做到. He has offered to provide housing for students of both Bastyr University and the University of Washington Medical School at the newest Áegis Living site in Redmond to facilitate an East-meets-West fusion of ideas. The idyllic setting will include organic gardens, a salt water pool, a reflexology path and more.

"Our partnership with Áegis at the Bear Creek facility is yet another example of Dwayne's corporate ethos and his incredible generosity," Dr. 卡拉汉说,他注意到“这个占地数英亩的环境非常棒."

From Potato Soup to Princess Di

德韦恩·克拉克的生活并不总是那么美好. As a teenager, he was poor and his single mother worked as a cook to support the two of them. At one point, she was struggling to feed her son and had no choice but to steal a dozen potatoes from her employer. 整整一个星期,母子俩就靠她做的土豆汤生活. 汤给年轻的德韦恩留下了不可磨灭的印象, and he vowed to never forget where he came from and what they'd had to do to survive.

Clark was particularly close to his maternal grandmother and when she developed Alzheimer's disease, 他经常去他所说的“一个悲伤的老人院”看望她." Seeing her in this setting inspired his interest in senior living alternatives. 克拉克的母亲现年85岁,后来患上了老年痴呆症

以及,现在驻留在Áegis社区. Clark describes her as a "loving and courageous woman who fought for her country in World War II, tracked elephants in India, 在爱达荷州的牧场放羊”,并养育了四个成功的孩子.

He is also quick to credit his mother for her role in shaping his own unfathomable success. "The greatest gifts she gave me were confidence and the power of positive thinking," he recalls fondly. "Because we were Irish Catholics, she always told us that we were just like the Kennedys. I couldn't help thinking 'so where's our yacht and our big house in New England?!'"

His company now boasts annual revenues of $175 million and manages real estate assets over $2 billion.

His remarkable journey has taken him to the summer palace of Travancore Maharajas and to dinner with Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Deeply appreciative of the "spectacular things" he's had the opportunity to see and do, 令人惊讶的是,克拉克仍然脚踏实地,善于思考. He candidly discusses "wrestling with the demons" that success at this level can bring, 然而,他继续寻找保持自己观点的方法, often in unexpected places.

“我和妻子住在印度的一个棚户区," he recalls, "and we met a family of four who lived in a structure that was no larger than six by eight feet. 然而,他们邀请365体育彩票进屋,给365体育彩票提供茶、食物和笑声."

Clark is visibly moved by such experiences and quietly alludes to his satisfaction at being able to help change the lives of this family and others like them, 没有详细说明他的慷慨.

The awards and accolades he has accumulated for both his business acumen and his philanthropy are legion. Most recently, Clark received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Seattle Senior Services for his groundbreaking work in "highlighting new attitudes about seniors and senior care."

这与把老人关在“悲伤的老人之家”相去甚远," Áegis Living provides seniors with luxurious living spaces and resort-style amenities. Áegis communities also include such innovative features as stress-free "neighborhoods" to assist residents who are struggling with dementia. Clark recently developed an Áegis community exclusively for those of Asian descent and – now on the drawing board – is one for gay, lesbian, 双性恋和变性居民.

There is little question that Dwayne Clark is devoted to transforming the way we age. 在这一追求中,他始终不知疲倦, 致力于以极大的尊严和尊重对待所有人, 无论他走到哪里,都要让生活更美好. 不管他是不是开着一辆赛车, 帮助印度棚户区的一个贫困家庭, 或者是执掌他创建的改变人生的组织, Clark remains a formidable driving force behind what he so aptly calls "a work of heart."

打开两个世界之间的门:Peggy Brevoort

In many cultures, 迷宫被认为是两个世界之间的一扇门, an ideal place to ask questions, 寻求灵感,获得智慧. In much the same way, Bastyr University trustee and benefactor Margaret (Peggy) Brevoort has devoted her life to connecting disparate worlds, 作为传统与创新之间的桥梁. It is perhaps no coincidence, then, that this insightful, ahead-of-her-time woman now spends her leisure time constructing intricate labyrinths and helping others to do the same.

Peggy and Bill BrevoortBrevoort and her husband, Bill, are nothing short of legends in the world of natural products. They were the first to manufacture Chinese herbal formulations in the United States at a company called East Earth Herb, Inc. (now A.M. Todd Botanicals).

布勒沃特家族最近任命365体育彩票app为慈善余款恒信基金的成员. University officials are excited about the impact such gifts can have on Bastyr's future.

"We are extremely grateful to Peggy and Bill Brevoort for this extraordinary act of generosity," Bastyr President Dr. Daniel K. 丘奇代表董事会说. 因为他们的天赋是不受限制的, it will allow us to allocate resources in keeping with programs and priorities that evolve over time."

“这种性质的有计划的捐赠对大学有着深远的好处," President Church continued, noting that "it also creates an enduring legacy for donors and their families."

Of all the organizations the Brevoorts could choose to support, why Bastyr?

"Our professional lives have been devoted to natural products," Peggy says. "We believe very strongly in working with nature instead of against her to enhance health. Bastyr teaches (this to) practitioners who in turn teach patients and help create a healthier, more peaceful world."

The Brevoorts have been involved with Bastyr since the 1970s when they first started their business and made "conscious decisions to live simple, healthy lives."

他们继续奉献自己的时间, talents and financial resources to "areas where you can really see change," and they believe strongly in the wisdom of leveraging to generate the greatest benefit from their efforts.

佩吉说:“365体育彩票app正在教育下一代,让他们有所作为。. “365体育彩票都没有再年轻一秒, and we need to make sure that the University continues to turn out these fantastic practitioners. 对365体育彩票app的投资实际上是对365体育彩票自己健康的投资, 以及地球的未来. We need to make certain that this medicine remains in the forefront and doesn't disappear again."


Born in New York City, 佩吉的迷人之旅将她带到了俄勒冈海岸, the South Pacific, 不列颠哥伦比亚省的一个瑜伽修炼所,现在, 自2000年正式退休以来, to the Big Island of Hawaii, 在那里,她“不受寒冷和潮湿的影响,可以全年种植吗?."

1961年,佩吉嫁给了比尔·布雷沃特. 从哥伦比亚大学毕业后, Bill landed a job teaching fine arts at the University of Oregon and the couple moved west. Part of the "back to the land" movement that gained popularity in the late 1960s, 布雷沃特人自己种植食物,过着简朴的生活, rural life. "People were just beginning to discover that what you put in your mouth matters," Peggy recalls.

这对夫妇开始更多地了解天然食物, 草药和中药是他们生活方式的自然产物. They founded East Earth Herb in Oregon in the early 1970s and began importing Chinese herbs, which they sold to individuals, 健康食品商店和天然食品合作社.

Along the way, the Brevoorts, 然后带着一个年幼的儿子和女儿, 在不列颠哥伦比亚省的一个瑜伽修炼所呆了一年. There they becamevegetarians, learned to meditate and lived without telephones or TV (Peggy continues to think of television as a "disturbing form of energy.") It was a long way from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan where Peggy and Bill grew up. And while it was "very isolated," Peggy says it was also "enormously valuable…a very special time for us to pause and adjust to a simpler lifestyle."

除了在365体育彩票app的董事会开始为期三年的任期, Peggy Brevoort也是美国植物委员会的成员. She was named Woman of the Year by the Association of Women in Natural Foods and also received the Natural Business Communication's Leadership in Business Award. Brevoort has lectured extensively on the subject of natural products to groups across the globe.

Recreating Chartres in Kohala

The Brevoorts now live on 10 acres on the Big Island of Hawaii's northern Kohala coast, 由于家庭和商业原因经常往返于大陆. 又一次打开了她居住的世界之间的一扇门, Peggy has constructed a 41-foot replica of the famed labyrinth from the Chartres Cathedral in France among the lush tropical plants in her Hawaiian backyard.

She believes labyrinths offer "a wonderful analogy for our spiritual journey. And unlike a maze – which confuses you – a labyrinth always follows a single path that leads to a center."

An amateur astronomer, Bill Brevoort now has his telescope pointed skyward when at the couple's cabin, located 5,海拔000英尺的南角附近, on the Big Island of Hawaii – a perfect place to view the constellations and contemplate the larger world.

British astronomer Sir Martin Rees once likened telescopes to time machines, observing that "they reveal galaxies so far away that their light has taken billions of years to reach us. We in astronomy have an advantage in studying the universe, in that we can actually see the past."

True visionaries, the Brevoorts have devoted their lives to opening doors between earth and sky, convention and innovation, past and future. With labyrinths and telescopes, 他们研究过地球,了解过恒星, gaining wisdom and enlightenment from both ancient cultures and future civilizations. As they continue to learn about what Sir Martin Rees called "the dimensions and ingredients of our entire cosmos," the Brevoorts have blazed a trail to help the rest of us "at last make some sense of our cosmic habitat."

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