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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
56 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 On July 30, 1948, I was born at home in Edgerton, Ohio, just as my father and grandfather had been before me. After high school, I enrolled at the Ohio State University, staying on after graduation to work in the library's Research and Development division. I followed my husband’s gypsy job style, moving 13 times in 13 years of marriage. I came out the far side of the marriage with three wonderful children, a master's degree in library science, and a strong resume of library experience. Luckily for me, Palmer College of Chiropractic was looking for a librarian in 1982 and I was looking for a fresh start and a job. I found a home, a career and the rest of my story. I became a member of the Association for the History of Chiropractic (AHC) as soon as I was hired. A word in the title of an article by Chiropractic History editor Russ Gibbons was misspelled and I wrote to correct him. He immediately made me assistant editor. I was appointed to the board of directors in 1983 to fll Ernest Napolitano’s vacated seat, and held a position on the board until 2005, when I took time off to complete a doctoral program, I became Executive Director again in 2010. In the early 1980s, Palmer was doing a full-court press to get faculty involved in research. The college began to publish the Research Forum out of its marketing department and I was put on the editorial board. I was new to the profession and new to research, so I randomly chose to study the life of Mabel Palmer. With my frst published article I was hooked on chiropractic history and writing. I was asked to be the Interim Director of Research for a two-month transition period. I was in the Research Department from 1985 to 1991. We took over editorial duties of Palmer's Research Forum from Marketing and it was through that connection that I frst met Mary Ann Chance, as the chairman of the Chiropractic Journal Research Editors Council. I continued to meet with the group, representing Chiropractic History. The Palmer Research Department brought in the fnest researchers in the profession to help stimulate interest in research. We set up a research clinic. We put together research methods classes and organized a research honors program for our students. I taught both methods and statistics classes in the chiropractic program. We developed a graduate studies program, offering master's degrees in chiropractic sciences and in anatomy. In 1991, the position of Director of Admissions was being vacated and I was asked to serve as interim. The Chiropractic Centennial Celebration occurred in 1995 during my six-year tenure as Director of Admissions. It was followed up in 1997 by Palmer's own centennial celebration. The centennial celebrations brought a heightened interested in chiropractic history to the entire profession. In October 1997, I left Admissions and moved my offce into B.J. and Mabel Palmer’s Residence as the frst Director of the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History. My current challenge is to complete a museum for the chiropractic profession. My best day at Palmer was the one on which my daughter, Kathryn, became a chiropractor. Each of the steps that I have taken to get here has allowed me access to different circles within the chiropractic profession; I have met the movers and shakers, those who wish to be immortalized and those who will write the memorials. I hope to continue observing and reporting the profession's history for the next decade or two. A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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