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406 Standard Office Bldg. Decatur, Illinois Dear Dr. Eichel:

It is with regret that we inform you of the sudden death (coronary occlusion) of Dr. Alfred B. Ernst, Santa Monica, Calif., on May 4, 1950. He was a pioneer chiropractor graduating from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in May, 1920. After graduation he located in Chicago, Illinois, where he conducted a very successful practice for a number of years. He was a staunch Basic Technician, and always found time to further interest of chiropractic.

For the last ten years he has been practicing in California, fir locating in Banning, later moving to Santa Monica where he was

overtaken by death. passing. Yours very truly,

Three brothers and two sisters mourn his

H. Schroeder, D.C., Glendale, Calif.

1950 (Nov): JNCA [20(11)] includes:

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    Justin C. Wood DC authors “In memoriam” (pp. 56, 58) obit for Wayne F. Crider DC and wife, who died in plane crash: The chiropractic profession, and a host of friends without it, were shocked at the tragic death of Dr. Wayne F. Crider, of Hagerstown, Maryland, and his wife, lovingly known as “Pinkie” to her friends. Wayne was a flying enthusiast just recently elevated to major in the Civil Air Patrol, and this writer has flown hundreds of miles with him. What happened Sunday, October 7, will never be known, but it was drizzling rain and visibility was practically zero. Wayne Crider was a man of many talents, all of which he used to the fullest. He was a man of character and moral integrity, plus a rugged individualism and determination which were often misunderstood. His love for and devotion to chiropractic often caused him to be impatient with those whom he felt were hindering the advance of his beloved profession. He was among the first to advocate increased educational standards and some twenty years ago he inaugurated the program that is now the NCA accrediting committee’s responsibility. His ability, energy, and drive have served both the NCA and the Maryland Chiropractic Association faithfully and well through many long years. His vision and counsel will be missed both locally and nationally. Ira, (Pinkie to me) his wife and pal was by his side to the last. She was one of the sweetest characters it has ever been my privilege to know. Her grace and charm were obvious to all, but especially in her home one noticed her queenly graciousness that endeared her to everyone she met.

They left three fine children who I am sure will prove worthy of the noble heritage left them by fine, upright Christian parents.

Personally, as their friend, I am happy here to record my debt to them for they both contributed greatly to my joy and happiness. Heaven is richer and earth poorer for their passing, but have left a record of unselfish service which should challenge us all to “go and do likewise.”

Hail and fare-well, “Wayne and Pinkie,” we shall some day be re- united in a fairer, brighter clime where joys forever shall be ours to enjoy.

A FATAL PLANE ACCIDENT Dr. and Mrs. Wayne F. Crider, of Hagerstown, Maryland, were killed instantly on October 8, 1950, when their plane nosedived into a

cornfield in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The couple were

returning from a weekend trip to their summer home in northern New York.



The exact cause of the tragedy is not known. One witness, Dr. S.P. Millis, of Elizabethtown, stated he saw the plan flying approximately 100 feet above the ground and that suddenly it nosed

down, rolled over, and disappeared over a slight hill. immediately investigated and found the couple dead. It

Dr. Millis is believed

that Dr. overcast

Crider, who was piloting his plane, descended from an in the rainy weather to obtain his bearings, but was not able

to regain control of his plane in time when he Investigation showed that there was ample fuel



was so low.

in the


tanks to get

them to their malfunction.

destination, and that there was no indication of engine Dr. and Mrs. Crider had flown this same route many

times before. Dr. Crider was widely known for aviator, having only recently been promoted to the the Maryland Wing Staff of the C.A.P.

his ability as an rank of major in

Dr. Wayne F. Crider was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1900. He was graduated from high school in Hagerstown, and later attended Valpariaso University and the National College of Chiropractic, where he received D.C. and Ph.C. degrees. He also holds an honorary Ph.C. degree from the Eastern College of Chiropractic, a B.S. degree from the Capital College of Washington, and an honorary B.Sc. degree from Metropolitan College of Chiropractic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Crider was a member of the Maryland Chiropractic Examining Board from 1928 to 1937 and served as its secretary from 1929 to 1934. He organized the NCA Council of Chiropractic Examining

Boards several

of the years.

United States and He was elected

Canada to the

and served as president Board of Directors of

for the

International Congress and was Examining Boards Congress in 34.

elected secretary-treasurer which capacity he served

of the State from 1932-

He was commissioned by the NCA Council in 1935 to form a standard for accrediting chiropractic colleges. The general principles of Dr. Crider’s program were accepted by the council in 1937 at the Grand Rapids convention. Dr. Crider was a member of the Sigma Phi Kappa Fraternity of the National College of Chiropractic, an honorary member of the Delta Sigma Chi chiropractic fraternities, an Ancient Free and Accepted Mason, a member of the Elks, Knights of Pythias, and was very active in the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Crider was a member of the Women’s Club and was a former member of the club’s board of directors. She was very active in the church and in Red Cross work.

Dr. Crider’s work for the chiropractic profession has done much to broaden the vision of chiropractic attainments through the years. His passing means a great loss to the profession.

Dr. and Mrs. Crider are survived by three children: John Crider, a student at the National College of Chiropractic; Miss Mary Jane Crider, of Washington, D.C., and Wayne Stuart Crider, a student at Mercersburg Academy.

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    obituary for George Rinier, ICA Legal Counsel, “A Pioneer Passes On” (pp. 58, 60): George Rinier, ICA Legal Counsel, is Heart Victim George C. Rinier, Indianapolis attorney, died near midnight October 13 in the Methodist Hospital. He had been a patient there six weeks. Death was due to a heart ailment.

Mr. Rinier, who was sixty-two August 31, was a resident of New Augusta. He was born at Monticello, the son of Joshua and Catharine (Geiger) Rinier. He attended grade and high schools there and received

an A.B. degree from DePauw University in 1914. received an LL.D. degree from the Indiana Law School.




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