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The Logan Family was saddened by the death of Dr. Philip A. Charron, (08/86) who suffered a fatal heart attack on July 17, 1987. Sympathy is extended to the family, including Richard, his brother, who is currently a student. The Logan Library has been designated for memorial contributions. All contributions received will go toward purchase of books. Donations should be addressed to…

1987 (Nov/Dec): Today’s Chiropractic [16(5)] includes:

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    Robert Gensler, D.C. authors “Necrology: Dr. Richard Van

Rumpt, 1904-1987” (p. 39); includes photo of Dr. Van Rumpt

1987 (Nov): ACA Journal of Chiropractic [24(11)] includes:

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    Robert Gensler, D.C. authors “In Memory of Van – The Innate

Man” (p. 88); includes photo of Dr. Van Rumpt and:

Dr. Richard Van Rumpt, one of the pioneers of chiropractic, died of prostatic cancer on Sept. 23, 1987, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Franya, and his technique, DNFT…

1987 (Dec): ACA Journal of Chiropractic [24(12)] includes:

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    “In memoriam: Bernard M. Grossman, D.C., 1919-1987” (p. 57); includes photo of Dr. Grossman

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    “In memoriam: Earl G. Liss, D.C., 1899-1987” (pp. 57-8); includes photo of Dr. Liss

1990 (Jan): ACAJournal of Chiropractic [27(1)] includes:

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    “A tribute: Peter C. Bommarito, 1915-1989” (pp. 51-62; insert);

includes many photographs, including:

1990 (Feb 26): A. Earl Homewood dies at his home in Florida (Nash, 1995)

1990 (Aug): Chiropractic Technique [2(3)] includes:

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    Ian D. Coulter, Ph.D., president of Canadian









Homewood” (p. 74); presented at the Consensus Conference on Validation of Chiropractic Methods, Seattle, March 1990:

I have been given the sad task of saying a few words in honor of Earl Homewood who passed away this week, and listening to the introduction to the conference I said to myself that it seems peculiar that this is an historic occasion and is probably the launching of a new future for chiropractic; and, on the very week that we are doing that, in the death of Earl Homewood, we also see the end of another tradition in chiropractic, the end of another era.

Most of you know of the great achievements of Earl, not only at








involvement at Los Angeles Chiropractic College , Western States, and



Lincoln College. Probably the only individual in chiropractic to have that kind of a record. You know him from his scholarship and from his publications and you know him from his commitment to the profession. What I would like to do just briefly is to share with you something from my own personal relationship with Earl. I knew him a lot less than most of you did. Dr. Don Sutherland and Herb Vear, who are present today, probably knew him at least since 1945. I only knew him from my time at CMCC, which is about 8 years. I recall the first occasion I met Earl. He came to visit me and because I had heard of this man (at CMCC he is considered one of the greats) I was rather overawed by this visit. He proceeded to tell me that no non- DC should be president of a chiropractic college. Of course that is not an opinion I hold myself and so Earl and I had a very heated and

lengthy debate about it. He went probably the last I am going to see of later he was back and this time the

away and I thought “that is Earl Homewood.” Six months debate was about using Ph.D.

faculty either.

to teach the basic sciences. Earl Again, I did not agree with him, we

favor of





not in



away think heard

he went; and again I thought, “Perhaps that I saw Earl about every 6 months from him. About 6 months ago, I had a

that is his last visit.” I for the last 8 years, or lengthy letter from him,

telling me how wrong it would tell you these stories because I

be for CMCC to think it is fitting

join a

university. I

in this

context. He

was Earl faux

a very cantankerous individual. The dean of CMCC, who met about 6 months ago, came to tell me he had committed an awful pas. He had taken Dr. Homewood to lunch and had a very strong

argument with him in the restaurant. The dean was not sure what Homewood was going to tell me. I said, “He will be back. He has

been doing this for of what we do in trying to achieve.

8 years.” But Earl was very critical, very critical the profession, very critical about what we are I became a very close personal friend of Earl

Homewood; much. I did

a very good friend, I not always agree with

think; and, I appreciated him. He was an enigma.

him very He was a

giant in the profession yet he could be very annoying. I am regret his passing. I think the profession is. I just wanted

going to to share

with have

you that this was a giant. been absolutely essential

He had, I think, something that would at this conference, that is, the ability to

be critical. He really would argue with anyone, about anything, and all in the interest of chiropractic. I do not think that there will be as many in the future who come along as important as Earl Homewood.

His major publication, as a piece of scholarship, apart from the content of it, was a monument to a young generation. In the 60’s he introduced to chiropractors the importance of being a scholar. However, I would like to share with you what was happening at CMCC during this period when he was doing that. We were on the brink of oblivion. We had a million dollar debt that would translate into about a $10 million debt in today’s world. If we had that now, I

would be looking for another occupation.

Earl, of course, stayed

around to do something about it. The city had appropriated a large part of our property; they built a subway under it; the building was partially collapsing; the student enrollment was falling off. It really

looked as though CMCC might not survive.

Dr. Homewood,

however, was planning and dreaming and building another college, and he literally saved CMCC.

The last comment I would like to make, in closing this tribute to Earl (and I know he would like me to say it, because he was a very honest individual) is that despite what he gave to the profession, Earl was not well treated by chiropractic. He was very bitter about that and spoke at some length about it. I have to say that I agree with him. I hope therefore that in death, we treat him kinder than we did in life.

Thank you.

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