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Northup, Anna (1889-1977)

Anna Northup, born in Granville, New York on June 17, 1889, graduated from the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri in 1915, and began her practice in Moose Jaw the following year. In 1922 she married Alfred Little, a widower with two sons, and from then on was known as Northup-Little. They had a son born in 1923, and later they adopted a daughter. In 1953 she moved her practice to Regina, joining Dr. Doris Tanner. Anna Northup-Little worked energetically to erase gender differences; in recognition of this work, she was named Quota Woman of the Year for Regina in 1961. She was the founder of the Saskatchewan Society of Osteopathic Physicians, and one of the organizers of the Canadian Osteopathic Association. She worked tirelessly although unsuccessfully towards establishing a professional relationship with the physicians of Saskatchewan, something that was taken for granted in the United States. She found it greatly disappointing that Canadian physicians could not be persuaded that a person with a degree in Osteopathy was as much a doctor as they were. She retired in 1962 and died in Regina on December 17, 1977.

Frederick W. Anderson

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