Joy Loban, DC, PhC

Joy Loban was the head of the philosophy department of the Palmer School of Chiropractic in the early days. He went on to found the Universal Chiropractic College in 1910 and was the executor of D.D. Palmer’s will. Loban unfortunately was the one who sought grand jury indictments against B.J. Palmer for homicide in regards to his father’s death. B.J. was never charged. The case would hang over his head throughout his life. Two credible witnesses at the infamous 1913 parade claimed that B.J. never bumped his father with the car, which allegedly lead to his death of typhoid fever many months later.

In his biography of B.J. Palmer, Keating wrote on the subject,

“At one point, BJ. approached the Founder in the parade’s second car. As B.J.’s automobile neared, Old Dad Chiro stumbled, and was helped to his feet by Sylva Ashworth,” a 1910 Palmer graduate who was visiting from Nebraska. Years later Ashworth related to her grandson that nothing more had transpired. Morris would testify in court that no collision had occurred. But the episode was twisted into a tale of deliberate assault by BJ upon his father with the automobile.”

The incident in question is discussed in the Online CE course: The Life and Times of B.J. Palmer.

One of Loban’s most often cited works comes from 1908. It is called: The Completeness of Chiropractic Philosophy.

Keating continues, “Unsubstantiated rumors, perhaps instigated by the UCC leadership, soon circulated that the elder Palmer had been rushed to a hospital as a result of his “injury:” although he was well enough to say good-bye to friends the next day and to board the train with his wife for the return trip to their home in California. Nothing more might have been made about the incident, had not D.D. contracted typhoid fever and died on October 20, 1913 in Los Angeles. Joy M. Loban, D.C., founding father of the UCC, had been appointed executor of D.D. Palmer’s estate, and would set in motion a fabrication that extended the war between the Palmers beyond the Founder’s life span.” p.98

In 1908, Loban wrote about the philosophy of chiropractic in the Palmer school journal, The Chiropractor. He wrote, how it went, “far beyond the limits of either Theology or Materialism – to the first and Absolute Cause. Chiropractic has investigated and explained that mysterious and elusive thing men call the Soul; it elucidates “Nature” which has been used for generations as a name for the unknowable; it has taken the forces and energies which move and wield and reconstruct the elements, and has shown what they are, their purpose, and how they act in absolute obedience to an Intelligence, which is all-pervading; it ventures into the realm of (so-called) occult phenomena and proves them to be simply action in obedience to easily understood laws.” As cited in Albanese’s Nature Religion in America (1999, p.147)

Palmer Lyceum Parade 1913