Champions of Chiropractic: Dr. Sid E. Williams
A study of the field of chiropractic care is not complete without addressing the influence and contributions of Dr. Sid E. Williams. Dr. Williams is credited with being a major contributor to the mainstreaming of chiropractic care, and he developed a place in which he could train and educate others who believed in his vision. His dedication to the field helped to make the chiropractic field what it is today.
Dr. Williams graduated from Atlanta’s Tech High School in 1946, and he was a football standout. He continued his education and the sport at Georgia Tech, and in 1999, he received the honor of being inducted into the hall of fame at the school. He had dreams of becoming a chiropractor and stated that his parents, neither of whom was a chiropractor themselves, encouraged him to attend Palmer School of Chiropractic, located in Davenport, Iowa. Four years later, he returned to his home state of Georgia.
Dr. Williams is responsible for founding the Life Chiropractic College in 1974, and the institution was later renamed to Life University. As of 2013, the university was continuing to offer students a pre-chiropractic curriculum that can prepare them for completing the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program.
After he left the school, Dr. Williams spent his time directing the Life Foundation, Inc. Together with his wife he ran this organization that specialized in nonprofit research and education in the field of chiropractic care. He also remained active in directing Dynamics Essentials International, Inc., which was a company that sold equipment and sponsored chiropractic seminars.
Dr. Williams passed away in December 2011 at 84 years old. He is survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren. His death was attributed to complications of pneumonia, and he had also suffered a stroke the year before. Despite his passing, Dr. Williams will continue to live on as one of Georgia’s own champions of the chiropractic profession