Kenneth Peterson, DC, ND, passed on March 9, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
Posted by: Leah Konieczka
The Peterson Family is sad to report that our dad, Kenneth Peterson, DC, ND, passed on 3-9-2020. He was 94 years old.
After Dr Ken’s service in World War 2 in Italy, he attended WSCC (now University of Western States) under the GI Bill. After graduating with his DC, he continued at WSCC and obtained his ND (WSCC ND school became NCNM, now NUNM). During his education at WSCC, he met Frank Spaulding who introduced him to his sister JoAnne. This introduction sparked a romance that became a marriage in 1950. Dr Frank Spaulding eventually became one of the founders of NCNM when WSCC stopped their ND program.
Dr Ken began his practice in Hermiston, OR in February 1953. The McNary dam was being built on the Columbia River and he thought that all those workers may need a Chiropractor and a natural medicine approach to health care. He came for a year and spent a lifetime in Hermiston.
Dr Ken was a pioneer doctor: making house calls, delivering babies, signing birth and death certificates. There was no hospital at the time in Hermiston. There was considerable prejudice from the medical community who refused to work with him or accept any orders for labs or x rays. Dr Ken did not surrender! He started his own lab and x ray department.
Dr Ken and JoAnne worked together. JoAnne was a medical technologist (ran the lab) and X ray tech (ran the x ray department). On top of this, she was a mother to six children. Somehow she managed to excel at all of her tasks.
In 2010, Dr Ken was the first Living Legends award recipient. The whole Peterson Family gathered to celebrate his recognition. After 50 years in practice, the family held a city-wide event acknowledging Dr Ken’s years of service to the Hermiston community. Over 500 people attended the celebration. However, Dr Ken wanted the community to know this was not a retirement event!!
The family will not only miss our husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa, but he will also be missed by all the generations of families he cared for over 63 years of practice.
The Peterson Family