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Spring/Summer 2016

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Dr. Stanley Philip Bolton: A Life Well-Lived

Stanley P. Bolton, O.A.M., Kt.B., D.C., Ph.C., F.P.A.C., FICC, JP, died at the age of 86, in Sydney, Australia, in November 2015. His family’s chiropractic journey started in 1933 when Stanley was four years old and contracted poliomyelitis. Doctor after doctor was brought in to treat him with little success. His parents, Stanley W. and Mariette G. Bolton, were frightened their son would die. They sought chiropractic care, and after three days of adjustments, young Stanley’s temperature fell and he took a few faltering steps. It seemed like a miracle cure.

Profile of Dr. Bolton

That event led my parents to pack up the family, move from Detroit to Davenport and become chiropractors,” Dr. Bolton recounted in a 2012 Insights article. Not only did his father and mother become chiropractors, but the three Bolton children were told their education was not complete until they, too, studied chiropractic. Thus began a Bolton family chiropractic legacy, resulting in some 23 chiropractors in the immediate family.

Dr. Stanley P. Bolton (top right) with three generations of Bolton chiropractors at “Bolton Place” in Yerrinbool, NSW. Dr. Stanley W. is seated in the front. Dr. Mariette G. is in the middle, left. (Circa 1953)
Family portrait of the Boltons on the lawn with trees in the background

After graduating from Palmer, Stanley W. Bolton, D.C., and Mariette G. Bolton D.C., immigrated to Australia to pioneer chiropractic in that country. Their son Stanley P. Bolton earned his D.C. degree from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1948. In addition to practicing in Sydney and traveling to establish and provide regular chiropractic clinics throughout New South Wales and southern Queensland, Dr. Stanley P. Bolton served the profession in a number of leadership roles.

He worked very closely with John Fraser, D.C., the first federal president of the Australian Chiropractors Association, to secure X-ray licences for chiropractors under the Radio-Active Substances Acts in Australia.

Dr. Bolton was elected federal president of the Australian Chiropractors’ Association (ACA) and served from 1960-71. This role included guiding the profession through the period of the first government inquiry into chiropractic in Australia—the WA Honorary Royal Commission on Natural Therapy. He became associate editor for the Chiropractic Journal of Australia and was involved in the establishment of the first scholarships for Australian students wanting to study in the United States.

He was elected foundation president of the Australian Chiropractors’ Association NSW State branch and served what was to become his first term as president from 1960-66. In 1963 he initiated discussions with the NSW government and the University of NSW on education for chiropractors within the university sector.

He worked tirelessly with ACA vice-president Jim Tunney to achieve Australia’s first legislation to register chiropractors, which occurred in Western Australia in 1964. During this time he also led the political action to restore the use of X-ray by chiropractors in Queensland.

He was elected an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Chiropractors’ Association (NSW Branch) in 1974 and was re-elected to serve his second term as NSW Branch President from 1975- 1980, playing a key role in the emergence of NSW’s first Chiropractic Registration Act. In 1976 he was the lead in the Australian chiropractic presentations to the New Zealand Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic.

Dr. Bolton retired from full-time chiropractic practice in 1996, just shy of 50 years in practice. He remained active in the profession, however, continuing his role as associate editor for the Chiropractic Journal of Australia and a member of the editorial advisory board of the U.S.-based Chiropractic History Journal and Archives.

gold medal hanging from lanyard

On Australia Day (January 26) 2016, Dr. Bolton was posthumously awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the Australian Government for his service to chiropractic and the community.

His eldest son, Dr. Philip S. Bolton, Davenport ’80, said: “He will be remembered by those who knew him as a man of principle who lived his life based on the principles of the Baha’i Faith and the tenets of chiropractic, and as a man who loved his family dearly.”

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