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director of Alumni in 1964 and vice president of Development in 1971.

He maintained a successful chiropractic practice in Davenport since 1947, where he conducted internship programs for many Palmer students. A lifelong servant to the community, he participated in many volunteer associations, including the Davenport Anti-Crime Foundation, Davenport Club, Putnam Museum, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Davenport Kiwanis Club, Davenport Chamber of Commerce, Center for Active Seniors and the Plus 60 Club.

Dr. Crowder was also internationally known for his lectures about Palmer and chiropractic philosophy. He wrote numerous articles about chiropractic and has been an expert witness on behalf of chiropractors being prosecuted for practicing without a license.

In 1999 he was named a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic for his service and commitment to The Fountainhead and was the only D.C. to receive an honorary membership in the Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers. He was also the recipient of the PCC International Alumni Award, an honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities degree, and a distinguished service award. He was a Fellow in the International Chiropractors Association. Dr. Crowder was married to Juanita Nichols in 1942. She graduated from Palmer in the same class with her husband. She survives along with a daughter, Ann.

Said Palmer President Guy Riekeman, D.C., "Bud Crowder was an icon at Palmer. He was a legendary teacher who touched the lives of several generations of Palmer Chiropractors. As an administrator he was an integral player in the effort to unite Palmer alumni into a cohesive unit to increase fundraising, student recruitment and chiropractic awareness to the general public. He was also my chiropractor and each visit I saw him, I learned more deeply what it meant to be an artist and to love your profession. Palmer will miss this great champion of our cause."

2002 (June): Chiropractic Journal of Australia [32(2)] includes:

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    “In memoriam: William S. Rehm” (pp. 75-6)

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    “In memoriam: Walter B. Wolf, 1913-2002” (p. 76):

Walter Benjamin Wolf was born in 1913 in Java, South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota for a year before entering the National College of Chiropractic, where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1936. Later that year, he and his wife Mae, also a doctor of chiropractic, established a practice in Eureka, South Dakota, where he was widely known as a specialist in the treatment of fractures.

Dr. Wolf served as president of the South Dakota Chiropractors’ Association from 1941 to 1942 and was a member of its executive

board from 1948 to 1952. He also published and was editor of

South Dakota Chiropractic Journal.

He was the recipient


the the

South Dakota Chiropractor of the Year award in 1960.

Dr. Wolf served on the South Dakota Basic Science Board for nine years, and as the South Dakota delegate to the National Chiropractic Association from 1945 to 1952. From 1947 until 1970, he was a continuous member of the NCA/ACA Committee on Educational Standards and Committee on Accreditation – forerunner of CCE – the last 12 years as chairman.

Community service was also an important part of Dr. Wolf’s life. He was involved with many local organisations in Eureka, including the Chamber of Commerce and Masonic Lodge, and was President of the Eureka Independent School Board for 12 years from 1953 to 1965.

Many honours were bestowed on Dr. Wolf during his long career. He was elected to the International College of Chiropractors in 1950



and was the first president of the National College Alumni Association. In 1971, National College bestowed an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Dr. Wolf, and the ACA honoured him for distinguished service on the Accrediting Committee; four years later he received the ACA Accreditation Pioneer Award. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Association for the History of Chiropractic’s Lee- Homewood Chiropractic Heritage Award.

Both his children followed him into chiropractic. His son Jerome practices in Vandalia, Illinois, and his daughter Connie Mae is in practice with her husband John Gould in Pietermaritsburg, South Africa.

In a message from the family read when the Lee-Homewood award was presented to her father, Dr. Gould recalled, “He would fit his Cessna airplane with skis in winter and make flying house calls to stranded farming patients on the Dakota prairies.” In presenting the award, AHC director Dr. Kerwin Winkler said, “Dr. Wolf’s continuity of service in the field of educational policies and practice has been a tremendous benefit to this profession in the formulation of standards, the inspection and the grading of our colleges. Dr. Wolf never swayed from his course during those years of struggle. This was not an easy task considering the political struggles between organizations of the profession, political leaders of the times and the college presidents.

Dr. Wolf died peacefully on 15 March 2002 at the age of 88.

2002 (Summer): Chiropractic History [22(1)] includes:

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    Russell W. Gibbons authors “A moment of silence for Dr. William Rehm: Reflections on a chiropractic life: Bill Rehm was to his profession as Osler was to medicine” (pp. 5-8)

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    Allen Parry, D.C. & Charles F. Jeffery, B.Sc. author “Violet ‘Vi’ Marie Nickson, D.C.” (pp. 9-17)

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    Kerwin P. Winkler, D.C. authors “Dr. Walter B. Wolf – memorial”

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    “Ronald P. Beideman: 1926-2002” (p. 19)

2002 (Sept): Chiropractic Journal of Australia [32(3)] includes:

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    Mary Ann Chance, D.C. authors “In memoriam: Elmer L.

Crowder, 1920-2002” (p. 111)

Dr. Elmer L. “Bud Crowder, long-time faculty member and administrator at Palmer College of Chiropractic died on 15 July 2002. He was born in Dana, Iowa on 4 October 1920. During World War II,

he served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force based in England

flew 31 bombing missions over Germany. Distinguished Flying Cross for his achievements

He was given as a lead pilot.

and the

Near the end of the war, he studied at Augustana College and St. Ambrose University and graduated from Palmer College of

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