Drs. John Gutweiler, Richard Cranwell and Roy Hillgartner
Not many people can say they’ve taught at the same institution for more than 40 years. But at Logan,
there are three who can: John Gutweiler, PhD; Roy Hillgartner, DC and Richard Cranwell, DC, MS, DABCN.
Over the years, the three faculty
members have shared many things, such
as having taught current president Dr. Clay
McDonald and molding young minds to help
shape the future of health care.
The three recently came together to
discuss their past, the future and their
proudest moment at Logan.
What was it like to come to Logan’s
new Chesterfield campus in 1973? What
has changed the most?
Cranwell: I was still a student at that
time and was surprised by how rural
Chesterfield was—cattle crossings, horses
up and down the street, and the campus
was surrounded by farms. In the 1970s,
classrooms could include 17-year-old
students who just graduated high school
as well as PhDs returning on a GI bill and
students who already earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. There was a huge variety
of students mixed together in classes. Some
students graduated Logan before they were
21 and could not go into practice yet!
Hillgartner: At the time, there was
some concern about how to get students
to the Chesterfield campus because it was
in the middle of nowhere. There were no
for students to live
in and not much
at our beautiful
campus in a
hard to believe.
has also changed
changed, too. In
the early days,
students were just
here to become a chiropractor. Now there is
much more awareness of the entrepreneurial
side of the career.
Gutweiler: The evolution of the
chiropractic profession has brought so many
changes, including the assimilation of more
science into the curriculum, which really
blossomed in the 1980s and 1990s. Faculty
has changed significantly and there has been
more emphasis on credentialed and degreed
faculty in a respective subject matter.
What keeps you motivated to continue
Hillgartner: Our passion for the
profession. I live out my philosophies
daily, and it doesn’t feel like work. I teach,
I practice—I don’t work. This profession
represents who I am, not what I do. I just
can’t see myself doing anything else.
Cranwell: Teaching students how to use
their hands; taking them from an unsure
student to using their hands confidently and
competently is thrilling. Being an instructor
makes me a better practitioner, and being
a practitioner makes me a better instructor;
the two go hand in hand.
Gutweiler: Chemistry is a great story,
and I like to tell it to students and help
them understand how it all ties together. I
was destined to be a commercial chemist.
I never thought about teaching, but once I
became an instructor, I was fascinated by it.
What is your proudest moment of the
last 40 years?
Hillgartner: For me it’s the continuation
of my work passed on to my son, who
practices with me. We share a philosophy
and a passion for this profession.
Cranwell: Achieving a 40-year
anniversary makes me incredibly proud,
in addition to the student and patient
appreciation. Enabling students to be
successful years later is rewarding. In
addition, some of my patients have even
donated money to Logan in my name,
which makes me proud of the work I have
devoted my life to doing.
Gutweiler: Learning how the knowledge
I imparted to students has impacted their
lives makes this a worthwhile experience.