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May 16, 2006

Golds Make $1 Million Gift as Part of $3 Million Pledge to Sherman College

Reggie Gold, D.C.

Irene Gold, D.C.

Chiropractic scholar Reggie Gold, D.C., and his wife, Irene Gold, D.C., owner and leader of Irene Gold Associates, have made a $1 million gift to Sherman College. The gift is part of a $3 million pledge from the Golds and is the largest donation ever made to the college. The Golds made arrangements for their first installment of $1 million in the form of a charitable gift annuity in early May.

“We are delighted to make this gift to Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic,” Reggie Gold said. “Our lives have been dedicated to straight chiropractic excellence, and Sherman is home to outstanding faculty, alumni and students. It is an honor to support the next generations of straight chiropractors.”

Sherman founder and Interim President Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C., says the Golds’ gift means much more to the college than just financial backing. “The Golds’ support, both as friends and colleagues, was instrumental in helping Sherman College in its formative years,” he says. “We are especially grateful for their generosity in this gift and pledge, but having the Golds as friends and supporters of Sherman College is a wonderful gift in itself.”

A charismatic chiropractic scholar and philosopher, Reggie Gold graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1957 and has served in various leadership capacities in state and national organizations ever since. He was instrumental in the formation of two chiropractic colleges, and his practice in Spring Valley, NY, was a model for chiropractic practices around the world for many years.

Gold assisted in the startup of Sherman College, helped establish and served as first president of Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic, taught philosophy at three chiropractic colleges (including Sherman, from 1973-76) and has lectured at most of the others. He is author of The Triune of Life, a treatise on traditional chiropractic philosophy that is now a main philosophy text at Sherman College.

Reggie Gold was instrumental in founding the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) and introduced the profession to a clearer philosophical understanding of chiropractic. The FSCO recently honored Gold with an 80th birthday celebration to honor his nearly 50 years of enthusiastic and faithful service to the chiropractic profession.

Gold has traveled the globe spreading the chiropractic message and is responsible for inspiring hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people of all ages to pursue a career in chiropractic. He is a popular visiting scholar at Sherman College and has played a vital role in the college’s recruitment efforts. In 1989, Sherman named him Career Advisor of the Year and in 2005 the college honored him with the Service to the Profession Award.

Irene Gold began teaching board reviews on the Sherman campus in 1975 to help early Sherman College students who were preparing for the national board exam. Her program has grown significantly through the years and today serves students and graduates nationwide. More than half of the chiropractors practicing in the U.S. owe her a debt of gratitude for helping them through the licensing examination process.

Irene Gold holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University and earned an R.N. at Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital, as part of New York Medical College. She earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Columbia Institute of Chiropractic in New York. After completing her D.C. studies, Irene Gold joined her husband at Sherman College, where she served as academic dean. She later taught and served as academic dean at Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic.

Irene Gold has been a featured speaker at state and national association conventions and seminars, and she travels the nation teaching new generations of chiropractors through Irene Gold Associates, her board review course company. She says her greatest reward is seeing her students pass the boards and knowing that she has helped so many chiropractors achieve their goals of entering practice and serving their communities.

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