Hall of Fame

In Memoriam (presented by Dr. G.R. Farnsworth)

I am in the unique position of having had strong friendships with all four of the inductees in the next category. The NWNPC owes much of it’s success and durability to the involvement of the following four individuals: Anne Fleming, Dr. Evelyn McConnel, Dr. Doug Kirkbride and Dr. Joe Boucher.

Hall of Fame MemoriamIn one way or another these generous souls gave parts of themselves for a profession they loved and a cause they believed in. They would be proud to look upon tonight’s gathering and know that their work has been rewarded. I am pleased to unveil a memorial display on their behalf. Feel free to visit the display as the evening goes on. Please join me in a moment of silence for Dr. Joe, Dr. Doug, Dr. Evelen and Anne.

Dr. Doug Kirkbride

Native son of Naniamo, B.C.. Apprentice pharmacist prior to entering National College of Drugless Physicians in Chicago where he received Doctorates in Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Doug KirkbrideCharter Member of the Canadian Naturopathic Association (1955). Served many years on the executive of the CNA and was a Past President. Served on the board of the ANPBC for many years as well as Past President.

Was one of the committee members who organized the first NWNPC, held in Naniamo in 1957. At this inaugural convention he took every attendee and their spouse for a magnificent supper on opening night, all at his own expense. He was a constant attendee at every convention until his passing. He was a contributor as well, lecturing many times on botanical medicines.

A staunch supporter of the Gideon movement, he was invited to sing over the NBC radio network at one of their conventions.

His passing was a great loss to his family, his community (indeed, all of Vancouver Island), and to his beloved profession.

Angeline Fleming

Beloved wife of Dr. Robert Fleming and devoted sister of Dr. Joseph Boucher. While not a physician, she supported the Naturopathic profession in many ways.

Angeline FlemingAnne served many years as an Assistant Secretary of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association and assisted in many facets of the Canadian Naturopathic Association.

Anne was constant helper and attendee of the NWNPC, having attended every convention since it’s inception, until illness made attendance impossible.

Dr. Evelyn McConnel

Dr. Evelyn McConnel attended Western States College in Portland, Oregon when she was the only lady in the class, graduating in 1939. While in Portland she met Fred Loffler who was studying at Western States. They married in 1940. Upon his graduation they formed the team of Dr. Evelyn McConnel Lofffler and Dr. Fred W. Loffler until 1964.

Dr. Evelyn McConnelDr. McConnel was a constant supporter of the profession. She was a Charter Member of the Canadian Naturopathic Association. She served many years on the Board of the ANPBC and also served as Secretary of the ANPBC.

Dr. McConnel attended every NWNPC from 1957 until her untimely passing in an automobile accident on May 15, 1964.

Dr. Joseph Boucher

Dr. Boucher received his Chiropractic and Naturopathic degrees from Western States College. No member has given more to his profession!

Dr. Joseph BoucherDr. Boucher formed a committee of three (With Dr. Kirkbride and Dr. Gerald Farnsworth), to organize the inaugural NWNPC. He continued to serve the NWNPC committee for more than 25 years. He lectured at many of the conventions and attended every convention until his passing.

Dr. Boucher has served as Secretary and President of the ANPBC and probably every committee. He served as President and Secretary and most any committee of the CNA. He is one of the founding members of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine where he served as President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees and was a Professor at NCNM for many years. Dr. Boucher has given extensive time to the profession and has contributed finances generously.

The newest Naturopathic Medical College, Boucher Institute, is named after Dr. Boucher and the naturopathic research society CNERS (now INERS), was founded in his honour, after his passing.