Because of an untimely accident my friend, Harry E. Vedder, passed away on July 27, 1949, at the age of 58 years. But his contributions to society far exceed many of those whose allotted time was much in excess of “three score and ten.”
My sadness and bereavement, I know, is shared by those in our profession, as well as all others who had any personal contact with Harry Vedder. Our sadness is selfish because of our personal loss… not because he did not attain success, happiness, or live a full, contributory life and that he is not now receiving the rewards he so amply deserves.
I sincerely believe I feel his loss more keenly, with the exception of his immediate family, than most others. When I say I felt toward him like a brother I mean it literally. I met Harry in 1910 when he was a student at the Palmer School of Chiropractic, during which time he lived with our family and was accepted as one of us. Because of his gentleness, kindness, courtesy, and heart-warming personality, I believe my parents felt as much affection for him as for their own children. I could not have loved him more if he had been of my own blood.
Harry gave up a career of business in his father’s bank (which I am
sure would a decision established
have been more lucrative) to devote his life to chiropractic,
intelligence and qualities of leadership by
immediately being chosen
to teach several subjects as an under-graduate. When he 1912 he accepted a position, in the same school, as
In addition to his duties while professor, he Bulletin” and wrote numerous tracts and books which have been and are still widely used by the
edited the “Lincoln on drugless healing, profession.
Dr. Vedder, along with Doctors J.N. Firth, S.J. Burich, and A.G. Hendricks established the Lincoln Chiropractic College and he became its first president. With his driving energy and able guidance the school grew from an humble beginning of only a handful of students to classes of more than 1,000 in a few short years. Because of excess physical strain and other business interests Harry resigned in 1940, only after the school had gained pre-eminence in its field. But he still remained active in promoting and contributing to the betterment of chiropractic. He will still be remembered by his more than 15,000 students (approximately one half of the chiropractors in the United States) and hundreds of lecture audiences, by his raised finger and “Get this…,” when he wanted to emphasize a point in his numerous and brilliant lectures. At no time did Harry Vedder try to gain personal honor; seek or accept political posts in chiropractic associations. But he never refused to lend a helping hand when called upon to do so.
sincerity, loyalty, Never have I
and affection were demonstrated in seen a brother and sister with
understanding and a family bond than between him and his sister, Wintie Vedder. He was married to Mina J. Ring in
younger 1912, to
whom he remained steadfast wooed, and won, the former
and true Mary E.
until her death in 1945. Kilhamm in 1947 and
remained loyal, compatible companions until his untimely is also survived by his son, Fred, an executive of the Department Store of Los Angeles, and two grandchildren.
death. He Broadway
So, I say farewell and bon voyage to a great man; a true friend and a radiant personality… Harry E. Vedder. Chiropractic has suffered an irreparable loss.
1949 (Nov): JCaCA [5(6)] includes:
S. Earl Daughenbaugh DC, age 57, founder & member of the 1st Board of Directors of the Bellevue Chiropractic Hospital in Hollywood, dies Nov 5 (p. 25)
1949 (Dec): JNCA [19(12)] includes:
“Veteran passes on: Irving Perlman, M.D., 1901-1949” (p. 21) Former students of the National College who studied under Dr. Perlman will be shocked and grieved to learn of his passing. Death was due to coronary thrombosis. Dr. Perlman was a graduate of Rush Medical College and was a staff member of the Illinois Masonic Hospital and the Cook County Hospital. He served as a faculty member at the National Chiropractic College for many years until five years ago when he quit teaching to devote his full time to practice. As an instructor at the National College he gained for himself a host of friends, not only among the students, but among his fellow faculty members. Not only was he a brilliant doctor, but was an unusually capable teacher. He will be sorely missed. - Reported by Martin R. Stone, D.C.
“Pioneer passes” (p. 33):
DR. EDWARD E. JONATHAS December 29, 1894 – October 23, 1949 A heart affliction caused the demise of Dr. Edward E. Jonathas, an enthusiastic chiropractor who twenty-eight years ago graduated from the Palmer School. Almost immediately after his graduation, he set up
practice in Chicago.
and ability allowed his
prevent his further study of the healing art he revered. He took postgraduate study at the National College and other institutions.
He distinguished himself in military service during World War I. His favorite recreation was spending time with his many friends of the North Shore Post of the American Legion. He was president of the Taps Club and served in this capacity for fifteen years. He was also president of the Clark St. Business Men’s Association.
In 1926 he married Floy Whitemore, and their marriage was blessed with two children, Joy and Clark. The Jonathas family was one held firmly together by a strong bond of devotion. His wife and children shared many happy hours together.
In addition to his family, Dr. Jonathas is survived by two brothers, Fred and Rich, and a sister, Mrs. Ella Wolfe. – Reported by Martin R. Stone, D.C.
“News flashes: New York: Society leader is mourned” (p. 42): Lynn G. Lewis, one of the thirteen original founders of the New York State Chiropractic Society, Inc., thirty-eight years ago, died after a brief illness on November 8, 1949. Dr. Lewis was a graduate of the Universal College of Chiropractic in 1911 and was a pioneer chiropractor in the Broome County area of the state. He was a past state president of the society, serving two terms in that capacity. He was also a state director and a past state president of the American Automobile Association and was outstandingly active in communal affairs in Sidney, N.Y. where he practiced. He was fifty-nine years of age. In his passing, the society has lost one of its most devoted and beloved figures, respected by all who knew him. Services were held on November 11 in the Congregational Church, Sidney, N.Y. The profession was represented by officers and members of every district society comprising the parent organization and the Women’s Auxiliary was represented by a delegation. Dr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Ruth, a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte O’Brien, three sisters, Mrs. Grace Barnes, Mrs. Hazel Stafford, and Mrs. Margaret Tracy and two grandsons. – Submitted by S. Goldschmidt, executive secretary.