John Patrick “Pat” Bieter, PhD


Dr. Pat Bieter (1930-99) was a professor at Boise State University for 40 years and was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1996. He fell in love with all things Basque after marrying Eloise Garmendia, the daughter of two Basque immigrants who met each other in Boise. He helped found Boise State University’s first Basque study-abroad program, during which some 80 students joined the Bieter family in the Basque Country.


College of St. Thomas BA - History 1952

University of California, Berkeley MA - History 1956

University of Idaho, Ph. D. - Education 1969