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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 45 A Circle of Friends: Women in Chiropractic ALANA CALLENDER Abstract: This is a story of careers and friendships within the chiropractic profession. It spans Mary Ann Chance's life and contains biographical essays of nine women, born over half a century, but all who called Mary Ann "friend." INDEX TERMS: HISTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC; HISTORICAL ARTICLE. Chiropr J Aust 2013; 43: 45-60. Alana Callender, EdD, Senior Director, Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History, Davenport, Iowa INTRODUCTION Hugh ‘Chet’ Chance was an electrical engineer in Winfeld, Kansas, who developed severe migraines. His wife, Edna Mary, was a cousin to the Johnson twins, Lawrence and Clarence, Denver, chiropractors who hailed from Kansas.1 The twins encouraged Chet to try chiropractic and when the headaches went away, Chet and Edna Mary moved to Davenport with their three children, Hugh, Dean and Vern. They both enrolled at the Palmer School of Chiropractic, graduating in 1924. After graduation, Chet was hired by Dr B.J. Palmer to teach neurology and became one of the three-man team who developed the Neurocalometer. He eventually became the director of the student clinic.2 The Chances’ oldest son, Hugh, attended Cornell College and then law school at the University of Iowa. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1934. Just before graduation that year, he married Margaret Chamberlain, a school teacher he had met in college. He then opened his own law practice in Muscatine, Iowa, while she taught school.3 Their daughter, Mary Ann, was born on 6 October 1937.4 In 1943, Hugh enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His father suggested that he contact Drs. Mariette and Stanley W. Bolton (PSC 1934), pioneer Australian chiropractors, should he fnd himself in Australia. Hugh was assigned to the South Pacifc feet and consequently followed his father’s advice. When the Boltons visited the United States, the Chances returned their hospitality. Through this connection, the Chances were introduced to the Baha’i faith.3 After the war, Hugh became the attorney for the International Chiropractors Association, headquartered at the Palmer School in Davenport, Iowa, and then became its chief executive offcer. Mary Ann graduated with honors from Davenport High School and enrolled at the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1955.4 This is a story of friendships based on mutual respect. It spans Mary Ann Chance's life and contains biographical essays of nine women, born over half a century, but all who called Mary Ann "friend." Mary Ann Chance Memorial Paper Mary Ann Chance, DC, FICC, FACC, FPAC 1937 - 2008
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