Cleveland family members and a friend volunteer at the Holy Family Catholic Worker House soup kitchen. Ashley Cleveland has been volunteering at this soup kitchen since the age of fourteen.

A family legacy of serving and care

Family honored for school leadership

In the field of chiropractic care and education, three generations of the Cleveland Family have few peers. The Clevelands - involved in Kansas City's chiropractic care and education for 88 years - are recipients of the 2010 UMKC Legacy Award.

Carl S. Cleveland, Jr. attended the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) in the 1940s and later established the Cleveland Chiropractic College. Dr. Cleveland hosted radio shows and appeared on television in Kansas City and Los Angeles, explaining chiropractic treatment and care. His wife - known to family, students and friends as "Dr. Millie" - was a former student at UMKC and later was administrator, instructor and director of the Children's Clinic at the Chiropractic College.

In 1970, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland, III, earned a bachelor of science degree in Biology from UMKC and served as an instructor. He became president of the Cleveland Chiropractic College of Kansas City and Los Angeles in 1992. Elizabeth Cleveland, wife of Dr. Carl S. Cleveland, III, received a master's degree in Social Work from UMKC in 2004.

Their children have continued the tradition.

Carl S. Cleveland, IV, attended UMKC's School of Biological Sciences. Their daughter, Dr. Ashley Cleveland, earned an M.A. degree in Sociology from UMKC in 1998, and has been a UMKC guest lecturer. Their daughter, Alexandra S. Cleveland, received a master's degree in Social Work in 2004.

At the chiropractic college, the Clevelands serve as administrators and instructors. Dr. Carl S. Cleveland, III, president, is a prominent speaker and educator, often addressing the role of chiropractic in the Medicare program. Elizabeth Cleveland is executive director of the Cleveland College Foundation. Ashley Cleveland is an associate professor, Provost, Associate Academic Dean and a frequent presenter and publisher of works on chiropractic education and philosophy. She has spoken of her experiences as a cancer patient to UMKC sociology students.

Posted: April 12, 2010

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"My job is not merely to convey content, but to challenge students to learn how to be responsible for their own lifelong learning, for developing the skills that will allow them to continue to grow intellectually long after they have passed my courses."

Ashley Cleveland
(M.A. '98)