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Palmer remembers a leading lady

Dr. Mary Ann Chance
Dr. Mary Ann Chance

A pioneer in chiropractic, Mary Ann Chance, D.C., Davenport ’59, passed away June 12 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Chance moved to Australia and in 1975 was appointed the executive officer of the Australian Chiropractors’ Association (ACA). That same year, the premier of her state declared that there could be no licensure for chiropractors as long as there were no Australian colleges where they could qualify. The ACA then founded what became the current chiropractic program at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Later Dr. Chance lobbied for chiropractic legislation, government funding of chiropractic education and health coverage for chiropractic services in Australia. She also was a signatory to the Articles of Incorporation of the Australasian Council on Chiropractic Education and the Australian Spinal Research Foundation.

Since 1983, Dr. Chance co-edited the Chiropractic Journal of Australia with her husband, Rolf Peters, D.C., MCSc, FICC, FACC, Davenport ’57. Donations may be made in her name to the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, P.O. Box 1047, Springwood, QLD 4127, Australia.

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