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


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.”


A COUPLE PASSIONATE ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC 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.


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


WE’RE HONORED to announce that two major gifts have been received by Palmer College to honor the late Christian Mary Martin and John Coffey, D.C.


Honoring the Memory of John Coffey, D.C. (Main, ’76) JENNIFER COFFEY, D.C. found a mentor in


her father, John Coffey, D.C. (Main, ’76). “He came from such a great generation of


chiropractors who were passionate, principled, and ready to change the world one adjustment at a time,” says the younger Dr. Coffey. John practiced for decades in Auburn,


Washington, and exposed his daughter to the profession he was passionate about. Over time, Jennifer also learned of her father’s love for Palmer College. Unfortunately, Dr. Coffey senior passed away unexpectedly in June 2017.


Jennifer, along with her brother, Jonathan,


and aunt, Tamara Krause, chose to honor his memory with a $50,000 gift in Dr. Coffey’s name to support capital projects at Palmer College. To recognize the family for their generous gift, a group study room in the new David D. Palmer Learning Commons will bear the Coffey family name. “I know he’d be so proud of how Palmer


has grown, and he’d want all the students to remember the power of THE specific chiropractic adjustment—it’s what makes what we do so awesome.”


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