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The Christian Mary Martin Memorial Endowed Scholarship honors a life passionate about chiropractic students

Major gifts honor the lives of two important members of the Palmer community.

Black and white photo of a young couple.
Palmer Florida campus president
Peter Martin, D.C.,
(Main ’68)
pictured here with his late wife
Chris, established an endowed
scholarship fund to honor her
name after she passed in 2019.

Peter Martin, D.C. (Main, ’68) has spent 55 years in the chiropractic profession: as a student, a practicing chiropractor, an educator, and most recently as an administrator. His wife, Christian, was by his side from the beginning, traveling with Peter by ship from their home in London in 1965 to start their lives stateside and begin their journey through chiropractic.

Born and raised in England, Christian—known as Chris—attended the London Hospital and was a nurse at the time of their move. She attended Palmer for one quarter before deciding not to continue her chiropractic education. Instead, while Peter worked on his degree, Chris got a job at the clinic’s front desk. She loved the job because she was involved with chiropractic and had opportunities to assist students.

Sadly, in October 2019, Chris passed away. To honor her legacy and love of chiropractic, Peter contributed $50,000 to establish the Christian Mary Martin Memorial Endowed Scholarship. As the current Palmer Florida campus president and a former scholarship recipient himself, Dr. Martin has witnessed firsthand how scholarships not only provide financial support to students but also, and sometimes more importantly, boost their morale by recognizing their academic efforts. Reflecting on what Chris would think about the scholarship, Dr. Martin says, “Chris would be so happy about it. She was passionate about the students and the profession.”

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