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Dr. Sid: Milestone Events, Honors, Awards & Achievements

A brief history of Dr. Sid's life and a chronicle of achievements, publications and milestones.

Dr. Nell: Milestone Events, Honors & Achievements

A brief history of Dr. Nell's life and a chronicle of achievements, publications and milestones.

Life of a Salesman

A brief history of Dr. Sid's life and a chronicle of achievements, publications and milestones.

Dr. Nell K. Williams: Chiropractor of the Year

An icon to professional women, Dr. Nell reveals her life before and after chiropractic and the source of her strength.

Interview with ICA President Sid Williams

During Dr. Sid's ICA presidency in 1982, this 13 page interview (Q&A format) provides a walk down memory lane, a glimpse into the future, and is well worth the read.

Once Upon a Time ...

Inspiration in Action (Currently Under Construction!)

1943-1947

Sid Williams grew up in Atlanta’s West End and was an only child. Throughout his childhood, his mother insisted on perfection and repeatedly told him that he would one day be the president... He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with bronze and silver palms.

He attended Tech High where he excelled in everything in which he was involved, where football and track were his first loves. Williams' athletic career began in earnest by gaining Football All-State Interscholastic honors in 1944, '45, and '46 as end and quarterback. In track he excelled in the sprints, beating almost everyone in Georgia in head-to-head competition. He was voted class president by the Tech High School student body during his sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Williams felt that sport formed the fabric of character that makes young men and women future leaders of our country. Upon graduation from high school, he was offered scholarships from 12 universities including the United States Naval Academy and West Point.

1947-1951

In 1947 Sid accepted the scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology and followed suit with his previous quest for excellence. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Coach Bobby Dodd was quoted in the Atlanta Journal by stating "Sid Williams is the best end for his size in America" (Pope). During his high school and college years, Williams suffered from migraine headaches of which no solution could be found via the medical route. Due to plentiful football injuries over the years and the injuries sustained during the Georgia Tech Orange Bowl game (1951), he turned to chiropractic for his ongoing headaches. The results were unparalleled and his headaches disappeared.

Additionally, Williams continued his ROTC training while attending Georgia Tech and was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the 179th Field Artillery after completing his senior ROTC training. He served honorably and fulfilled his military obligations.

1951 (cont.)

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech in 1951, Sid Williams began working toward a Master’s Degree in Labor Relations. However, having sustained a serious injury playing in the Georgia Tech vs. Vanderbilt game, Sid lost a great deal of his athletic abilities and was sent by Georgia Tech to medical specialists in several states, to no avail.

His father recommended that he see a Chiropractor in Atlanta, which he did. After his first upper cervical adjustment, Sid had such dramatic results that he began to consider Chiropractic as a career. Following this Chiropractic experience, he and his fiancée, Nell Kimbrough, made a momentous decision!

1953

Sid married his college sweetheart Nell Kimbrough in 1953. Nell, who graduated from Lees-McRae College in North Carolina, accompanied her husband to Davenport, Iowa where they both enrolled into Palmer School of Chiropractic.

1956

In 1956 they both earned Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from Palmer School of Chiropractic and soon thereafter moved back to Georgia. They immediately begun to work incessantly and soon developed eighteen chiropractic clinics with approximately 1,500 patients.

1957

In 1957 Drs. Sid and Nell, seeing there was a need for chiropractic literature, opened Si-Nel Publishing, a publishing company that was the first of its kind in supplying chiropractors with health tracks and equipment.

1960s

In the early 1960s, seeing a need for medical services in low-income communities, Drs. Sid and Nell established the Triple H clinics; which primarily served the black community.

1964

In 1964 Dr. Williams begun holding educational motivation seminars called Dynamic Essentials (DE) with an attendance of eight local chiropractors. The DE seminars grew and soon thereafter lay-people, students, chiropractors, chiropractic assistants, and families of chiropractors were in attendance.

Lasting Purpose application was the basis for the seminars as well as the philosophy and the principles professed by B. J. Palmer, which became known as the Life Movement, Life Source, The DE Movement, and Life DE; each being synonymous with Dr. Sid.

In June of 1964 the first meeting of the Life Foundation was held with Drs. Sid and Nell and five other local chiropractors.

1965

In November of 1965 Life Foundation (founded by Drs. Sid and Nell Williams as a chiropractic organization dedicated to the purpose of service, education, and research) was incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia.

1966

In 1966 Today's Chiropractic magazine was first published in newspaper format, where Dr. Sid shared his vision of a City of Life and the Life Chiropractic College projects.

1974

Life Chiropractic College was founded in 1974 and is now known as Life University offering various degrees, including a Master's Degree in Sports Health Science along with the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree offered in Life University's School of Chiropractic, the largest Chiropractic College in the world.

1982

Life Chiropractic College West was founded by Dr. Sid E. Williams in 1982 in San Lorenzo, California, and later expanded into a fine, beautiful facility in Hayward, California.

2002

Dr. Sid Williams retired in 2002, devoting his time to Dynamic Essentials, Life Foundation, Inc., and writing. He published several books, one of which explained his philosophy, Lasting Purpose, a Mindset for Success, The Road to Success Starts in the Heart, and a book of affirmations for each day of the year Making Lasting Purpose a Way of Life.

2004

In 2004 the Life Foundation expanded its mission to reach out to the community beyond the chiropractic profession in order to promulgate the Lasting Purpose philosophy and lifestyle.

2012

Dr. Sid E. Williams passed away on December 27, 2012, in Marietta, Georgia. A larger-than-life figure, Dr. Sid is forever inextricably tied to Life University, the International Chiropractors Association, and Dynamic Essentials. He perhaps is also one of the last of a generation of chiropractors who fought back against the medicalization of the profession for which he paid a heavy price.

2019

Dr. Nell K. Williams passed away on August 16, 2019. Dr. Nell was widely known for her work at Life University, where she served as Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs for more than a quarter of a century. She is also known for her role as The Mother of Life and First Lady to her late husband Dr. Sid Williams, President and founder of Life College/University.
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