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Chirobituaries

Fellow of ICA in 1985. Excelling as a spokesperson for chiropractic, Dr. Grassam hosted To You Health on Stuart, Fla., radio station WSTU and CBS affiliate television station WTVX from 1985-1986 and was a radio health talk show host on WCAR in Detroit, Michigan from 1984-1986.

Dr. Grassam was a past president of the Florida Chiropractic Society (FCS), former chairman of the FCS Legislative Committee and a past member of the FCS board of directors.

While in Michigan, Dr. Grassam served on the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC) board of directors from 1972-1979, the Joint Task Force for Chiropractic Legislation from 1973-1977; and was a member of the Michigan Blue Cross and Blue Shield Peer Review Committee from 1974-1976.

Dr. Grassam was on the board of trustees for many years of Life Chiropractic College and Life Chiropractic College West. He was a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Thermographic Society and a member of the Society’s board of directors.

Recognized by colleagues for his many achievements, Dr. Grassam was named Michigan Chiropractic Council’s “Chiropractor of the Year” in 1974 along with the Council’s Motivational Speakers Award that same year. The Michigan Chiropractic Council also honored Dr. Grassam with the President Special Recognition Award (1978), Special Appreciation award from the Educational Committee of the MCA (1980), and the Outstanding Contributions Award (1982). Dr. Grassam was named to the Michigan Chiropractic Council Hall of Fame in 1985.

Life Chiropractic College bestowed the D.E. Services Award to Grassam in 1978 and presented him with D.E. Special Appreciation Awards in 1974, 1979, 1980 and 1982. Dr. Grassam also received the Certificate of Praise Award from Life College in 1984.

Dr. Ian Grassam will be greatly missed by the ICA and the chiropractic community. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and four

children.

2000 (Mar 5): e-mail from Jaxon@aol.com):

Bob Jackson

DC,

ND

(RB

Hi again - Just read your article on Dr. Weiant, p. 65, upper left picture. Please be informed that Dr. Biser died this past Sat afternoon (March 3, 2001), he had a severe stroke on Fri. he was 98. He was on the first BOG for ACA. I knew him well, as also Dr. Ed Kimmel. Great story, as usual my friend. See Ya - Bob

2000 (Mar): ICA Review [56(2)] includes:

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    “In memoriam: Galen Price, D.C., F.I.C.A., 1912-2000” (p. 26);

includes photo:

Dr. Galen Price, the fourth President of Palmer College of Chiropractic and a former secretary/treasurer of the International Chiropractors Association, died on Monday, January 17, 2000, in Lakeland, Florida. He was the first president of Palmer College who was not a member of the Palmer family, succeeding to the presidency upon the death of Dr. David Palmer in 1978. Remembering Dr. Price, the current President of the College, Dr. Guy Riekeman, offered the follow:

I f y o If you plant for a u p l a n t f o r a y e a r , y o u p l a n t c o r n . I f y o u p l a n t f o r a c e n t u r y , y o u p l a n t a t r e e millennium, you plant

ideas

and

educate

students. -Anonymous “Galen Price changed the world by planting ideas in after generation of chiropractic students. He taught my

generation father, he

taught me, he taught and caring, strong in

the profession. He was principle; a colleague, a

kind and gentle, witty mentor, a friend. The

Keating

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world and our profession have lost an irreplaceable gem; today we will mourn, tomorrow we will celebrate, but for all time let’s not forget the gift he gave – the gift that was his life,” said Dr. Guy Riekeman.

Born on March 25, 1912, Galen Price was Kansas. He attended Clark University in graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic

a native of Lamed, Massachusetts and in 1936. He was a

veteran of World War II, having served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the South Pacific from 1941 to 1944.

Dr. Price served at the College as Dean of Faculty, Chairman of the Department of Chiropractic Sciences and Dean of Philosophy. He

was named 1976 and

Chairman of the Administrative Executive Committee in

Administrator

of

the

College

in

1977.

Although

contemplating retirement, he agreed to serve as Board of Trustees could conduct a thorough President. He served till 1979.

President so that the search for the next

Dr. Price was ICA’s Secretary/Treasurer during the 1961-1964 term of ICA President Dr. John Q. Thaxton. Throughout the 1960’s Dr. Price was an active member of the ICA Review editorial board, and

a member of the ICA Distinguished Fellow of

Board the ICA

of in

Control. 1961, and

ICA elected him a honored him in 1977

with the coveted “Chiropractor year, ICA presented Dr. Price Reaver Award for a lifetime of profession.

of the Year” award. And just last with the prestigious Herbert Ross dedicated service to the chiropractic

Among his many other honors were an honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities from Palmer in 1968, being named a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 1990, and “Mr. Philosophy of Chiropractic” in 1973 from the Palmer Student Council.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Lorene Price, and sons Galen Jr., David, Charles and George, and daughters Patricia and Mary Lorene.

Memorial funds have been established at St. Paul the Apostle Church and Palmer College of Chiropractic, in care of the

Development Office, 1000 Brady Street,

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    “In memoriam: Herbert Ross Reaver,

Davenport, Iowa 52803. D.C., F.I.C.A., 1906-2000”

(p. 27); includes photo:

Dr. Herbert Ross Reaver, former Vice President of the ICA under its Founder/President Dr. B.J. Palmer and “most jailed chiropractor for practicing medicine without a license,” passed away in Ohio on February 7, 2000. he was 93 years old.

Herbert Reaver became interested in chiropractic after meeting a group of chiropractic students in Iowa. He was employed as a professional musician at the time but suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, which often caused him to use crutches for support. After being adjusted for his arthritis, he decided to enroll at Palmer School of Chiropractic, graduating in July 1928.

After graduation, Dr. Reaver went into practice in Ohio about the time ICA was founded. At that time, Ohio laws strictly limited the practice of “healing the sick” to medical doctors. As an act of courage and a matter of principle, Dr. Reaver declined the opportunity to obtain a license under these terms from the Ohio State Medical Board, concluding that “medical doctors licensing chiropractors makes no sense.”

Under pressure from medical interests, DCs who were in active practice and did not have medical board approval were subject to arrest in Ohio and Dr. Reaver was arrested eight times between 1928 and 1943. Each time he paid a $25 fine and went back to practice. The ninth time he was arrested, however, he declined to pay the fine and was sent to jail. “I’d had enough,” Reaver told an audience in 1997 about the experience. “I felt like I was admitting guilt by paying my fine. I was fighting for principle.”

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