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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
52 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 A 1973 article in the New England Journal of Chiropractic reports that Dr. Eagles "has done graduate study in London and currently is completing a 300-hour post-graduate course in roentgenology at the National Chiropractic College in Lombard, Ill." It was written to commemorate Dr. Eagles' appointment by Governor Jim Holshouser to serve on the State Commission for Health Services, one of fve new appointees to the commission for terms expiring May 1, 1977. The 11-member Commission "has the power and responsibility to adopt rules and regulations for the state's public health programs." Seven members of the commission were appointed by the Governor and four were elected by the North Carolina Medical Society. The appointment to the Commission was a political one and no doubt a result of her work on the GOP (Grand Old Party, or Republican Party) County Executive Committee and as a delegate to the Second District and State GOP Convention. In October 1973 she was re-elected to a third 2-year term as vice chairman of the Second North Carolina Congressional District Republican Party. She was also a member of the State Central Committee of the Republican Party. Her work with the ACA continued unabated. She was elected vice-president and then president of the Women's Council in 1976, serving until 1982.19 Dr. Eagles was elected a Fellow to the International College of Chiropractors, in recognition of her meritorious service to the profession, but at this point, she was just beginning. She served on the State of North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, and compiled "History of Chiropractic in North Carolina." In 1979, she became the frst woman to be selected as ACA’s Chiropractor of the Year. Accepting the award at the national convention of the ACA, Dr. Eagles, then president of the Council of Women Chiropractors said, "There is no doubt in my mind that the rights of women have been and are continuing to be violated in most professions. It starts with quotas which limit the number of females to be allowed to enter professional schools. It is further perpetuated by little sub-rosa understandings between members of most male-dominated professions which limit a woman's participation. I am proud to say this is not true of chiropractic." 30 The following year, Faye was one of the organizers of “My Sister’s House,” a shelter for abused women in Rocky Mount, and became a member of the shelter's board of directors. Dr. Eagles was twice awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine by both Governors Holshouser [1973-1977] and Martin [1985-1993]. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to North Carolina. "Contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers, and many years of service to their organizations are some of the guidelines by which recipients are selected for this award.” 31 Part of the honor is the privilege to offer the offcial North Carolina toast at any gathering. Dr. Eagles served as secretary of the Logan Alumni Association and received the association's highest award, the Heritage Award, in 1987. A very loyal alumna, she mentored Logan students and graduates and stayed in close touch with Logan administrators throughout her career. 26 Dr. Eagles’ involvement in the North Carolina Republican party was recognized by her induction in 1991 into the North Carolina GOP Hall of Fame. Her record included seven years on the North Carolina State Central Committee; she was a delegate to all state conventions and alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. She served on the Governor's Ad Hoc Committee to Study Domestic Violence. As a Second District Presidential Elector, she made a nomination speech for George H.W. Bush for North Carolina. After her retirement, Faye's son, Robert, introduced her to electronic mail. There she re-connected with Mary Ann Chance, her "friend way over in Australia." 32 Faye Eagles, D.C., of Rocky Mount, N.C. passed away on July 23, 2006. It was her wish to be cremated and her remains were placed in a marble bench on the Logan Chiropractic College campus. She is memorialized by a scholarship for women students at Logan that carries her name. A pioneer in women's advancement, she often said, "Sometimes the best man for the job is often a woman.” 23 Persistence was one of her attributes, without which all of the above would not have been possible. A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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