John R. Voell, father, author and visionary co-founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation has served as a mentor to our family of publishers for 20 years. During John’s time with us, the Universe responded to his faithful living of the principle to love God, one’s self and others by providing fertile soil for the big ideas he relished nurturing. His books, The Ultimate Prescription: How to Create Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health; Cancer: How to Heal It—How to Prevent It; and Cancer Report, as well as his latest endeavor United We Can, were just a few of the ways that John allowed himself to be an instrument of the Divine in helping humankind.
John was passionate about the success of our magazine, pleased and proud that the now 90-strong family of Natural Awakenings publishers touch the lives of millions of readers each month. He’s known around here for saying, “I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I believe that when I leave this world, I’m going to somehow measure my success by those I’ve helped along the way.” Those who knew and worked with him would say that he more than succeeded, he soared.