In Memoriam: Ken Carlin, ND

September 15, 1944 – March 21, 2013

Dr. Ken Carlin passed away on Thursday, March 21st, after a short struggle with amyloidosis. Ken had been on a several month-long trip by motor home and bicycle with his new love, Nancy, when in the fall of 2012 he began to have nephrotic syndrome. They were married in January as they prepared for one of many trips to the emergency department, deciding to forego their planned wedding for this August.

His wife of 40 years, Ellen (Marz) Carlin, passed away in 2008.

Ken came to NCNM twice. First, in the 1970s, he attended for short while at the Seattle campus. Family obligations took over and he was forced to seek out another kind of living. He was a carpenter and contractor for many years, raising two daughters before returning to NCNM to complete his lifelong passion for naturopathic medicine in 1996. Returning to Seattle, Washington in 2000, he then relocated to Whidbey island where he practiced quietly in the island town of Langley.

Ken loved the land and the earth and took on the restoration of an old homestead cabin on his land of 8 acres. His clinic, which he moved to his land, was called the Healing Garden Clinic. Ken loved the quiet of this place surrounded by others drawn to healing paths. His widow Nancy is completing the garden that Ken and she began building last summer and will call it the Healing Garden. Passersby will be invited to stop in to fill their water bottles, sit and enjoy the flowers, or nibble on the herbs for a moment of private healing, much as Ken would have wanted.

Many remember Ken for his kindness, and his ear to listen at NCNM.

Submitted by Phillip Cooper, ND – NCNM Class of 2000.

Editor’s Note:  Ken was a member of the WANP since 2007. His obituary in the “South Whibey Record” can be viewed by clicking here.

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