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Winter/Spring 2007

in memoriam

Davenport Campus

Dr. Nelson Peet and wife Dr. Helen Peet

Nelson R. Peet Jr., D.C., Davenport ’50 , died Aug. 19, 2006, in Vermont. Dr. Peet and his wife, Helen Peet, D.C. , who died in 2003, were known throughout the chiropractic profession as mentors through their chiropractic post-graduate School of Higher Learning. Dr. Nelson Peet continued to see patients until May 2006 in Pompano Beach, Fla. He was also working on a book for the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Nelson Peet played a vital role in the passage of a law to license chiropractors in New York. He was a past president of the New York Chiropractic Association and a post-graduate faculty member of Life University in Marietta, Ga. He was a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the International Chiropractors Association, New York State Chiropractic Association and the International Pediatric Chiropractors Association.

Four of the Nelson’s children became chiropractors: Palmer Peet, D.C., Paula Peet, D.C., Parry Peet, D.C., and Jennifer Peet, D.C. Dr. Nelson Peet was directly responsible for helping more than 14 of his family and friends to become Doctors of Chiropractic.

Marvin Klaes, D.C., Davenport ’48, passed away Oct. 13, 2006, at the age of 83 in Seymour, Ind. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Britain and Japan. Dr. Klaes then earned his chiropractic degree at Palmer College and joined the original faculty of the Gonstead Clinic in Mount Horeb, Wis.

From 1957 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Klaes practiced chiropractic in Seymour, Ind. He was past president of the Indiana Bureau of Chiropractic and the Indiana Chiropractic Association. He also was president of the International Chiropractors Association of Indiana and served as the Indiana representative to the International Chiropractors Association.

A member of Palmer College’s President’s Club, Dr. Klaes received the D.D. Palmer Scientific Award in 1974 and became a Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Lena Couch-Hawn; four daughters, Kathy Clark, Julie Bradley, Dr. Marian Klaes-Lanham, Davenport ’86, Patricia Hurley; three sons, Dr. Chris Klaes, Davenport ’80, Bill Klaes, and Don Klaes; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and one stepsister.

H. Dale “Doc” Evans, D.C., Davenport ’49, passed away Sept. 25, 2006, in Kennewick, Wash. He was 90 years old. Originally an Iowa native, Dr. Evans served as a Palmer faculty member from 1953-59 and later opened his own practice. He was also a Navy veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie; son, Jerry, of Nevada Springs, Nev.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons Richard and Gregory Evans.


Agnes Rutherford, D.C., ’36 - Tualatin, Ore.


Dr. Robert Null, ’42 - Independence, Kan.

Dr. James Rasmussen, ’42 - La Jolla, Calif.

Dr. Jan Figley, ’44 - Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dr. James Dedrick, ’47 - Erlanger, Ky.

Dr. Olaf Cooper, ’48 - Russell Springs, Ky.

Dr. James Madaffer, ’48 - San Diego, Calif.

Dr. M.G. Lett, ’49 - Glencoe, Ala.

Dr. Richard Niequist, ’49 - Algonquin, Ill.


Dr. Robert Bright, ’53 - Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dr. Donald Witte, ’53 - Ottumwa, Iowa

Dr. William Conner, ’58 - Decatur, Ind.

Dr. Bobby Davis, ’58 - Wooster, Ohio

Dr. Vernon Miller, ’59 - Bettendorf, Iowa


Dr. Francine DeVigne, ’60 - Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., Canada

Dr. Thomas Fox, ’60 - Ankeny, Iowa

Dr. Gerald Gerleman, ’60 - Henderson, Nev.

Dr. James Bissland, ’62 - Titusville, Fla.

Dr. Gerald Harbaugh, ’65 - Jamestown, N.D.


Dr. Stephen Kelman, ’71 - Huntington Woods, Mich.

Dr. Philip Gast, ’74 - Valparaiso, Ind.

Dr. Terry Holder, ’76 - York, Pa.

Dr. Elizabeth DeVore, ’77 - Kenneth City, Fla.

Dr. Joseph Fiorenzo, ’78 - Ashtabula, Ohio


Dr. Richard O’Neal, ’80 - Tempe, Ariz.


Dr. Jason Rosenberg, ’99 - Wahpeton, N.D.


Guy Robert L’Abbe, C.T. - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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