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Heritage Society Honors Dedicated Sherman College Supporters

JULY 8, 2002 - Supporters who have donated $100,000 or more to Sherman College were recognized during Lyceum when they were inducted as charter members of the college’s new Heritage Society. Members were presented with a special blazer with the college logo. A special luncheon with the president will be held each year at Lyceum to honor these individuals.

Sherman College President Jerry L. Hardee, Ed.D., and Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement Leroy G. Moore, D.C., worked together to develop the program. “It was such a great pleasure to recognize individuals who have made substantial donations to the college during its history,” said Moore. “The impact of these donations cannot be overstated. These individuals have played a big part in helping the college through some challenging times.”

To further recognize and honor the members of the Heritage Society, the college has placed a plaque bearing the members’ names in a prominent location in the Mack and Kitty Scallon Building on campus.

The following individuals and couples were inducted into the Heritage Society at Lyceum 2002:

Dr. Ercil and Mrs. Maxine Beane of Marshalltown, IA. The Beanes have been supporters since the inception of the college and serve on the Board of Regents. In addition to being regular financial supporters, they have supported the college by referring many students over the years. The Beanes have spent much time in other countries spreading the word of chiropractic and have been especially active in sponsoring international students who want to pursue careers in chiropractic.

Dr. Robert and Mrs. Kathleen Berkowitz of Highland Park, NJ. The Berkowitzes serve as Regents, and Dr. Berkowitz is chairman of the Board of Trustees. They support Sherman through their generous financial support, and Dr. Berkowitz has referred many students to the college. His generosity was especially helpful to the college as it went through some very difficult times prior to attaining CCE accreditation.

Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen McPike Brown of Spartanburg, SC. After retiring from practice, Dr Brown and with his wife Helen have remained very active in their support of the chiropractic profession. They are a very special couple who donated their home in Sedona, AZ, so that Sherman College could build the Brown House and Museum on our campus. They serve on the Board of Regents and have become an integral part of the Sherman College community by being involved on a daily basis in many college activities. Mrs. Brown, an accomplished artist, has many of her works on display around campus.

Dr. John and Mrs. Janet Degenhart of Hazelton, PA. The Degenharts have been faithful and steady supporters of Sherman College since Dr. Degenhart’s graduation in September 1980. They have served on the Board of Regents since 1982. In a note expressing his regret at not being able to attend the induction ceremony, Dr. Degenhart said, “My wife and I would love to be there at Lyceum for this honor. Sherman College gave my life a focus, and I will always be indebted for the chiropractic education that I received at Sherman.”

Dr. Teresa Galant of Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Galant currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents. She has been a staunch supporter of the college since her graduation in June 1983. When Dr. Galant inherited funds from her parents’ estate, she unselfishly donated a substantial amount to Sherman College because, as she said, “she knew her parents would want it to go to a worthy cause.”

Dr. Thom Gelardi, founder and first president of Sherman College and Dr. Betty Gelardi, former faculty member and Dean of Clinical Sciences of Gaffney, SC. Dr. Thom Gelardi not only founded the college, but his work has had a profound impact on the profession. He has said on several occasions that his desire is that all people have good specific and affordable chiropractic care available. Sherman College would not exist today without the sacrifices of these two individuals.

Drs. Reggie and Irene Gold of Gladwyne, PA. In addition to being faithful financial supporters, the Golds have been an important part of the college since its beginnings. Reggie served as an administrator and faculty member and Irene as a faculty member before leaving to start another chiropractic college. They have impacted the lives of so many because of their active role in educating the public and chiropractors about the benefits of chiropractic care. They have been responsible for many, many, students choosing chiropractic as a career and have always worked to help Sherman College grow and prosper.

Dr. William Harris of Alpharetta, GA. Dr. Harris has been active in the profession for many years. He is recognized as one of the profession’s outstanding speakers and has helped many realize their practice potential through his work. In March 1981, he established the Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education, a nonprofit organization that supports grants to various chiropractic colleges throughout the U.S. for the betterment of chiropractic. He has helped Sherman College through providing challenge grants for the past five years.

Mrs. Barbara Mumford Kasler of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Mrs. Kasler generously set up an endowed scholarship fund in memory of her son Rex, a Sherman College student, to help others gain a chiropractic education.

Dr. Theron and Mrs. Selma Olsen of Sandy, UT. The Olsens were good friends of Dr. Lyle Sherman, for whom the college is named. Dr. Olsen promised Dr. Sherman that he would help Sherman College grow. The Olsens have certainly kept that promise by being very generous supporters. They serve on the Board of Regents, regularly attend Lyceum, and their generosity paid for the addition of the Olsen Building to the college’s campus.

For more information on the Heritage Society and how you can become a member, contact Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement Leroy G. Moore, D.C., at 800-849-8771, ext. 1241, or e-mail lmoore@sherman.edu.

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