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Life University Founder Sid Williams Dies

The MDJ reported he passed away Thursday morning.

Dr. Sid Williams, the founder of Marietta's Life University, has died.

The Marietta Daily Journal reported Thursday that Williams, who suffered a stroke late last year, passed away this morning, and that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to The B. J. Palmer Historic Home Foundation.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced.

Williams, who was 84, transformed the institution he founded as Life Chiropractic School on Barclay Drive in Marietta into the fully-fledged Life University, enrolling at its peak nearly 3,500 students in the 1990s.

While it remains the largest chiropractic school in the world, offering a doctorate degree in the field, Life also offers a master's degrees in health sciences, as well as undergraduate programs in the sciences, business administration and computer information management.

Life also had a well-rounded varsity athletics program, and was best-known for its men's rugby, track and field and cross country teams.

But major operational problems at Life in 2002 led to the disbanding of most sports and a temporary loss of its academic accreditation by the Council on Chiropractic Education, events which led to Williams' retirement. 

East Cobb Patch contributor Tim Langley, a chiropractor who attended Life, called Williams "a warrior and a lover of people and humanity."

Williams grew up in Atlanta and played football for the legendary coach Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech.

A member of the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, Williams hired former Yellow Jackets basketball standout Roger Kaiser to be a coach and athletic director at Life, positions he held until the athletics program was discontinued.

Kaiser is now the athletic director at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy in East Cobb.

A donors' profile on the Georgia Tech athletic website said Williams was inspired to study chiropractic care because of spinal injuries he suffered playing football.

He and his wife Nell studied chiropractic at the Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. They moved back to the Atlanta area and began Life in 1974.

dloperchiro December 29, 2012 at 08:56 PM
No one FORCES a student to take on a student loan. It's a CHOICE made BY THE STUDENT. There are many who take the maximum student loan per semester because they CAN, not because it is necessary. There are many who kept their loans to a minimum and worked part and full-time and minumised their expenses to attain their dream of being a Chiropractior and helping the multitudes suffering needlessly because Medicine keeps stringing them on with ineffective care. Just because a student has no will power, and is so greedy to take the maximum then squander it (I've seen it first hand) while at school is not the school founder or administration's fault. Its THEIR OWN and should stop belly-aching and blaming everyone but THEMSELVES!
dloperchiro December 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM
No one FORCES a student to take on a student loan. It's a CHOICE made BY THE STUDENT. There are many who take the maximum student loan per semester because they CAN, not because it is necessary. Alternatively there are many who kept their loans to a minimum and worked part and full-time and minimised their expenses to attain their dream of being a Chiropractior and helping the multitudes suffering needlessly because Medicine keeps stringing them on with ineffective care. Just because a student has no will power, and is so greedy to take the maximum then squander it (I've seen it first hand) while at school is not the school founder's or administration's fault. Its THEIR OWN and should stop belly-aching and blaming everyone but THEMSELVES!
R. Anderson December 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM
You say "cultlike". I say cult. It was an example of great veneration of a particular person and idea manifested by a body of admirers. I was told by every Life student that I ever knew that adjustments and subluxations makes one impervious to any disease. Magical thinking. Chiropractic couldn't stand on its own and had to have a ptichperson. That's where Williams excelled. Hucksterism.
Dr. Fred Blum December 30, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I spent 4 years at Life; graduated in 1991. Dr. Sid was a true visionary and that vision inspired thousands of others to give, love and serve. He wasn't perfect and he had no problem speaking his mind, which offended many a small minded individual. But the man stood for a principle that was highly misunderstood...that the power that made us is the power that heals us and that this principle is THE PURPOSE of the chiropractic adjustment. Period. Not an easy position to stand for when we are all raised in the cult of pseudo-scientific medicine, but he stood for it proudly for decades. I for one was saddened to hear of his passing. In the final analysis, his good deeds far outweighed his failings. To those of you whining about the debt that you somehow seem to believe that Dr. Sid "made you" take on...time to grow up campers. YOU signed those papers and now YOU are failing in practice. If you continue to take a victim mentality, YOU will continue to be miserable. No gettin' around it. The passing of a good man. But the legacy he created will live on in greater life expression for millions for generations to come. What more could one man do for humanity than that?
Seth Gross, DC December 30, 2012 at 04:16 AM
It is you and I who must take that 8% who presently utilize chiropractic and turn that into 100% who recieve chiropractic care. Dr. Sid Williams helped bring us to 8%, now how far are you going to bring chiropractic? Though chiropractic is only 130 years old, it's an infant in the publics eye. In DD Palmers own words: People are brought up in a medicine closet, the AMA their tin gods.... Go out "there" Informed, go out there and give chiropractic!
Seth Gross, DC December 30, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Well put, Amen.
Seth Gross, DC December 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
More power to what you posted...Dr. Sid Williams could have just opened the several clinics to serve good and necessary chiropractic to the multitude. In addition to this he doused himself in great debt and uncertaintity by inventing then nurturing the greatest and largest chiropractic school in the world. Chiropractic!
Seth Gross, DC December 30, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Ironically, it's been shown and studied that hypertension associated with an upper cervical subluxation can be rectified by an upper cervical adjustment. Watch the news broadcast on Youtube.
Dr C December 30, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I feel bad for the haters, for they have no vision of truth. You deserve where you are at in life. I know Life produced excellent Chiropractors, they know how to adjust, diagnose, and really fix people. I've interviewed and have been adjusted by hundreds APOM hundreds. The best Chiropractors come from Life and Palmer hands down. There are exceptions, but not many.
Roger Waters December 30, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Gosh, get a little grasp on the English language before leaving a comment....
Hendrixt December 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
you can come at me until pigs fly but people are gonna say things that some of you guys are not gonna like... Freedom of speech..!!
Hendrixt December 30, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I love my profession but we still have feelings, some of you on here are making crazy comments and telling people how they should feel and what to do and you have no clue of what some of us have been through, some people are venting but it's out of control ( fools of life) some want to correct English on here ( Roger waters) and some are just telling you oh don't blame us( dr dre) @ dr dre you taught at life because you are saying don't blame us.. Like it or not sweetheart my opinion still stands whether you like it or not.. Dr dre, Roger lol
dummies for Sid December 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Stop bickering, if I hate Sid I hate him if I love Sid I love him.
Shalom Chaim December 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
S. Zeller, D.C. I was president of the Student Council while at life in early 1980's I did not always see I to Eye with Sid but all in all he did a lot for the profession. I wish the best for his family, Neil, Kim and Sid jr, as well as extended family May he rest in peace.
Shalom Chaim December 30, 2012 at 02:20 PM
S. Zeller, D.C. I was president of the Student Council while at life in early 1980's I did not always see I to Eye with Sid, and he tried to suspend me from school when I applied to transfer to Cleveland ( Maryland at that time was not allowing Life grads to sit for the boards) but all in all he did a lot for the profession. I wish the best for his family, Neil, Kim and Sid jr, as well as extended family May he rest in peace
Shalom Chaim December 30, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Yopu mis understnd the M O N E Y chant he did it to get it out of the way.! So that we would hear everything that was being said. I am not going to say that he was an angel he was not but he did what '"HE" felt was best for the profession,
Shalom Chaim December 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM
ver well said
Shalom Chaim December 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM
very well said
PC Lover December 30, 2012 at 02:50 PM
RIP Dr. Sid Williams. Teacher, Mentor, Friend, Healer, Innovator, Iconoclast, Leader, Warrior.
Seth Gross, DC December 30, 2012 at 04:01 PM
"Former Graduate", The world is indoctrinated into medicine before birth. Tonsils are ripped out, all due to the "Germ Theory"...a healthy well maintained body recieving good food and spinal adjustments isn't capable of fending for itself. This is what Dr. Sid then, and todays DC's must contend with. Sid often relied on dogma and theatrics to exemplify the atrocities of medicine and the possibilities provided by chiropractic.Yes, he often appeared as if on stage. He felt the need for dramatic gestures as a means to shake us from our allopathic slumber...take a chance with chiropractic. Eight months ago, a newspaper featured me in my helping a five year old girl who for one year suffered from chronic tonsillitis, fever, and fatigue. The MD's administered antibiotics every three weeks, then seeing no change after one year of their nonsense, told the parents she needed her tonsils and adenoids removed. The parents brought Emma, she exhibited left head tilt. After determining that she had a right atlas listing, I delivered an adjustment to atlas. The fever broke the next day, tonsill swelling went down, and she regained her strength by the end of the week. Her family went to the papers and TV stations. Eventually the newspaper editor came to my office and...I told "The chiropractic story". Go out there DC's! Make Dr. Sid Williams proud! He helped form you. Now let's form more DC's, so that we may help the world understand and recieve good and necessary CHIROPRACTIC!
Tom S December 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Buffy are you going to believe an MD knows more about getting a person healthy and keeping them that way than a chiropractor? Get real go to the chiropractor or go be part of the doctors that ltierally kill 100,000's of people /year. Your choice!
ChiroMom December 30, 2012 at 09:27 PM
My sincere condolences to Dr. Nell and family. I met Dr.'s Sid and Nell several years ago and they were so sweet to my three sons! I appreciate all they have done for our profession. A legend has died. We must move forward as Chiropractors. Some of you are so quick to point out faults of a man who had two passions: family and chiropractic. Why not look at our current so-called leaders in chiropractic. The scientific expert witness that so many of us flock to has committed perjury, malice and fraud. God forbid any of us are ever sued for malpractice but if our attorney decides to hire the "esteemed" scientific expert witness and opposing counsels asks, "Dr. __ have you ever committed perjury?" If he commits perjury again and says no - we lose the case, if he says yes - we lose the case. And yet our profession continues to hail this fraudulent guru by attending his seminars, buying the stuff he hawks, and subscribing to his newsletter. Before we assail a true legend. . perhaps we should work on cleaning up our current lot of "leaders." Are you willing to lose your license because the infamous Dr. Perjury testifies for you?
Bill Heyser, DC, MD December 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Dr Sid was truly a one of a kind, bigger than life, persona. I attended Life from 1983-6. I do admire his vision and passion. He was controversial, but that is the nature of the profession itself. Nepotism was rampant. The whole family was on the payroll... with maximum salary and minimum contribution. Kim was a "department head" but in all my time there, I never saw her or even met her. Having said that... his risk and vision to start that school, and make it succeed against all odds is admirable. I cannot empathize with those on here complaining about their student debts. I had a ton myself. But with Life's degree and dedicating myself life-long learning, I have repaid my student loans many times over, raising 4 kids, providing them life enriching experiences like study abraod. To those complaining about student loans... your problem is not Dr. Sid... it is you. Perhaps you should have listened more to him. You obviously missed the point. BTW..... I heard the "money" chant many times during. I can quote it verbatum. It was NEVER about money; it was the OPPOSITE. His point...every time... in encouraging stressed, poor, struggling students... was that if you SERVE people first, then the wealth will come secondary to that. I took that to heart and have practiced for 26 years with that philosophy and can testify to all, that it is true. That advise alone was worth more than the entire cost of my tuition.
Dr. Fred Blum December 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Beautifully put, Doc. Happy New Year to all (even the whiners and haters)!
Seth Gross, DC December 30, 2012 at 11:31 PM
We are just doing what Dr. Sid instructed up to do....help people like yourself, love thy self.
Seth Gross, DC December 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Thank you. Your post rammed home the consensus of our points.
BJP December 31, 2012 at 09:37 PM
“It is only when you free yourself from negative emotions in all activities, by accepting complete responsibly that you can begin to achieve goals and happiness in every area of your life. It is only when you are free, mentally and emotionally, that you can channel your energies and enthusiasms in a more positive, productive direction. Without the acceptance of complete and personal responsibility, little or no progress can be expected in your life.” Dr. Sid Williams, DE, April 2010
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John Santinos May 22, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Sid Williams was a fake, fraud and phony. The only thing he ever cared about was increasing the enrollment of his school IN ORDER TO MAKE MORE MONEY. Period. He cared nothing about helping humanity, only his own paycheck. He owned the tow truck company that used to tow students cars out of the overpacked parking lots in Life during the late 90s. Overpacked because Sid ran a school that would take "students" who had a minimum GPA of, get ready, 2.5! No entrance exam, no interview, nothing. " Would you like some fries with that adjustment? "
Seth Gross, DC May 22, 2013 at 09:47 PM
You're a phony of a person...someone who's innermost motives are jilted to protect your self inflicted failures in life. Get help or just take your dried up dog shit of a life outside to blow away in the wind.

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