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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 57 Meridel I. Gatterman, MA, DC, MEd In 1990, Mary Ann became one of the founding members of the Chiropractic Research Journal Editors Council, a support group for editors involved with any of the chiropractic research journals. Originally conceived at a Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research meeting, the CRJEC continued to meet in conjunction with Association of Chiropractic Colleges/Research Agenda Conference (ACC/RAC) and there Mary Ann shared a room and interests with Meridel Gatterman, whom she had met when Dr. Gatterman was a visiting Fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Meridel Friesen was born on 28 August 1936, in Alberta, Canada. She fnished grade 12 by correspondence, entering university under the adult course. While a student at the University of Calgary, she worked as a lifeguard and coached synchronized swimming for the university. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1971. Synchronized swimming took Meridel and her two young children to Iowa City, where she coached, worked as a teaching assistant, and earned her frst master’s degree. As part of her studies, she studied the history of competitive swimming and documented the origin of the butterfy stroke, frst introduced by Coach David Armbruster at the University of Iowa in a program that “produced many fne coaches.” 37 After graduation, Meridel was torn between two paths: biomechanics and developing coaching skills and coaches. Chiropractic allowed her to follow both paths. She selected Western States Chiropractic College, in part because of their broad scope program. She felt she would get a good education. Dr. Gatterman graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1976. The school was going through a rough patch, struggling with meager enrollment and leadership issues.38 Fellow Canadian Dr. Herbert Vear became Academic Dean and because of her experience, Gatterman was recruited to teach kinesiology while she was a student. By 1979, Vear had led the school into stability, and Gatterman stayed on as Director of the Division of Chiropractic Sciences for another year. Vear became President of Western States and a mentor to Gatterman. Bringing many ideas from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, he reorganized the curriculum and implemented chiropractic science curriculum development. While teaching, Dr. Gatterman opened an eclectic private practice, attracting a lot of climbers. She had started hiking for recreation and wanted to climb Mount Hood. Her graduation climb was on May 18, 1980, putting her on the volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, 60 miles from Mt. St. Helen's when it erupted. Not blown away by this experience, Dr. Gatterman went on to teach basic Alpine climbing. She left Western States in 1980 to devote herself to her practice and family. She also used this time to fnish her frst book, Chiropractic Management of Spine Related Disorders, published by Williams and Wilkins. A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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