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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
48 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 Their "Health Chats" radio program had a thirty-seven year run and the scripts evolved into Abundant Living, a magazine designed for the chiropractic patient. He was editor of the Virginia Universal Chiropractic Association's newsletter and together, they produced numerous chiropractic tracts and pamphlets.11 Edith attended private school until the tenth grade, when she transferred to public school. "Even in her youth, Edith was a fghter in the chiropractic ranks, knocking on hundreds of doors and collecting hundreds of signatures in a successful battle to legalize chiropractic in Virginia.”12 After high school, she fnished two years of pre-med studies at Roanoke College. Following in her parents’ footsteps, Edith enrolled at the Palmer School of Chiropractic. She joined the Sigma Phi Chi sorority and was secretary of her class. She also became a lab assistant in the chemistry lab. Two weeks after she received her D.C. diploma in 1937, she married Dr. Kenneth H. Cronk, the chemistry teacher and lab director. In 1938, their son John was born. Three more sons followed: Dave in 1943, James in 1948, and Paul in 1950. Edith took an active part in her children's lives. All the boys were in Cub Scouts, with Edith as one of the den mothers for 16 years. She held various offces in the parent/teacher association of their school.10,13 She continued her active affliation with the sorority after graduation, serving as treasurer for ten years and as a member of the Field Advisory Board for three years. When money was tight and times were tough for the students, Edith would go to the sorority house and "make a big pot of spaghetti and feed all the girls."10 In 1966, she received the Mabel Heath Palmer Award from Sigma Phi Chi.12 Dr. Kenny Cronk was a member of the college's faculty for many years, eventually becoming the administrative dean. When Dr. Edith's youngest son was in middle school, she enrolled at Marycrest College and took classes in sociology and art. She was recruited to be assistant director by Dr. Dave Palmer when the college started the School of Chiropractic Assistants- Technologists.10,12 "She was international president of the PCC Alumni Woman's Auxiliary from 1965 through 1967, for which she received a special alumni award. She was active in her First Presbyterian Church, having taught Sunday school for 10 years. She was a member of the Bell Choir, and an Elder on the Session. “But her major interest for the past 23 years had been with international students in chiropractic. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas she and her husband held an international open house at their residence."12 Their home was always open: a student from New Zealand's wedding was held in their yard, a young Australian bride was installed in the house during her lying in.10 She organized ‘get acquainted fellowships’ for each newly-enrolled quarter of international students. Edith continued these friendships, constantly writing letters to stay in touch with chiropractors around the world.10 In the summer of 1966, Edith was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. With the blessings of Dave Palmer, she and Ken, along with her father and his wife, realized their dream vacation Down Under. They traveled across New Zealand and Australia, with "dinners and receptions held in their honor."10 Mary Ann was one of the doctors able to repay the Cronks' hospitality by hosting them when they travelled throughout Australia.5 "Dr. Palmer and the Palmer College began to receive reports and letters of thanks for the Cronk/Stoke visit. He was so impressed he asked Edith and Ken if they would consider traveling to Europe as representatives of Palmer."10 And although Edith began writing letters to her European contacts, it wasn't to be. Dr. Edith Margaret Cronk, wife of Dr. Kenneth H. Cronk, administrative dean of Palmer College of Chiropractic, died all too soon on the evening of December 24, 1968, at the age of 52.12 A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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