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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
50 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 Marcia married Richard Le Breton at the outset of World War II. When Richard was called up, she moved in with her parents and gave birth to Peter Richard Le Breton just as her husband was due to leave for the Solomon Islands for 16 months. After the war, Richard and Marcia's brother Anthony enrolled at the Palmer School. It was another year before Marcia and young Peter were able to get transport to the U.S. Marcia describes her trans-Pacifc trip with a two-year old “as one of the great nightmares of my life."15, p. 61 The family found housing at Palmerton, B.J. Palmer's post-war experiment in student housing.18 With Richard's encouragement, Marcia ended up in Chicago, playing “the leading role in the frst full length live television play to originate out of Chicago from station WBKB" 15, p.62 The Le Bretons returned to Australia, where he set up practice as the frst chiropractor in Tasmania and she returned to radio work. Their daughter, Eloise, was born in 1950. A series of family crises occurred between 1958 and 1963, including a divorce from Le Breton. She remarried, this time to Dick Cerutty. She worked with Dr. Cecil Wells as a radiographer and chiropractic assistant. His imminent retirement, coupled with attendance at a Parker Seminar led by Carl Cleveland, Jr., led Marcia, along with Dick, back to the U.S. for the third time, but this time she also enrolled at the Cleveland Chiropractic College. "I was forty-eight years old!"15, p. 64 Through the Clevelands, she was introduced to the Unity School of Christianity. After graduation, Dr. Marcia Cerutty remained at Cleveland on the faculty, teaching histology, spinal anatomy, symptomatology and psychomotor skills. She remained at Cleveland until 1974 and then returned to Australia. Anthony Hart, D.C., Marcia's brother, "made chiropractic history by presenting the political expediency of the immediate need to establish the frst chiropractic college in Australia that was in the mainstream of tertiary education and therefore eligible for government funding."15,p.67 The International College of Chiropractic opened its doors in a rehabilitated business school in Melbourne in January 1975 and it was here that she and Mary Ann crossed paths. With her chiropractic teaching experience a rare commodity, Dr. Cerutty was engaged to teach histology, philosophy, and psychomotor skills,16,19 along with attending to counseling and administrative duties. Dr. Andries Kleynhans began heading the college in late 1975. The school was affliated with the Phillips Institute and, in 1980, graduated its frst class of chiropractors with Bachelors’ of Applied Sciences (Chiropractic) degrees.20 Dr. Mary Ann Chance was secretary to the Federal Executive 21 and shared space in her private practice with Dr. Cerutty. After a year, differences in chiropractic philosophy between Cerutty and colleagues on the College Board caused her departure from the school and a return to private practice in Canberra. She served for three years on the Federal Executive board of the Australian Chiropractors' Association (merged with the United Chiropractors Association of Australasia Ltd., in 1990 to form the Chiropractors' Association of Australia) and as chair of the Australian Capital Territory board of the Association for three years. She was "heavily involved with the formation of the ACT Chiropractors' Registration Act of 1983"15, p 69 and the formation of the frst board. Cerutty retired from active practice in 1989 and relocated to Perth to be close to family. She continued being active in the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA), serving as the Western Australia representative to the frst CAA Conference and Annual General Meeting in 1991.16 After retirement, Marcia remained physically active, dancing and playing golf; and mentally active, writing and playing bridge.22 While in her early 80's, an aortic aneurysm suffered at a dress rehearsal for a ballroom dancing event left her a paraplegic.16 With the encouragement and support of her family, she fnished writing her memoirs in June 1999 and those memoirs were the basis of much of this section. A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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