William Ralph Boone, Ph.D., D.C.
It is with deep sadness that we report the sudden death of Dr. W. Ralph Boone,
’90, former director of research at Sherman College of Chiropractic. He died
unexpectedly Sunday, November 21, 2010, at his residence.
“Dr. Boone made a significant impact in the chiropractic profession, particularly
at Sherman College,” said Sherman president Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C. “Among his
notable contributions to the college were his dedication to research focused
on the vertebral subluxation and his passion for bringing together research and
philosophy through our International Research and Philosophy Symposium. He loved
Sherman College so much. I remember Ralph always commenting on how he thought
we had the most beautiful campus of all the chiropractic colleges he had visited.”
Dr. Boone attained many accomplishments during his lifetime and contributed
much to the chiropractic profession along the way.
He served as director of research at Sherman from 2004-2009, having retired
in August of that year. But that was not Dr. Boone’s only service to the college.
From 1980 to 1990 he was director of research and computer resources and a professor.
His other contributions to the chiropractic profession included his service
as president of Southern California College of Chiropractic (1990-94), the editor
of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (1996-2000), acting
head of School of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in Auckland, (1998-2000)
and also director of research there, and director of research for the Association
of Network Care (2002-2004).
Additionally he served as president of an accrediting agency for the profession,
the Straight Chiropractic Academic Standards Association (SCASA). Dr. Boone also
assisted in developing the Straight Chiropractic Clinical Guidelines.
He was instrumental in the development and success of the International Research
and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) now held annually on the Sherman campus and
worked tirelessly to advocate the importance of relevant chiropractic research.
“The profession is faced with an ethical imperative to shift its research focus
to the vertebral subluxation,” Dr. Boone once said. “Engagement in relevant research
is essential if the body of knowledge is to increase.”
Dr. Boone served as a Sherman College Regent for many years, until his retirement,
and he was instrumental in securing a grant from the South Carolina Chiropractic
Association to study the effects of chiropractic care on local public safety
He was awarded many honors, including being named Chiropractor of the Year
by Sherman in 1992, and Faculty Member of the Year in 1989. He also received
the award for best research paper at IRAPS 2005.
A native of Virginia, he graduated from the College of William and Mary with
a B.S. in biology in 1966, the University of Richmond, M.S. in biology in 1968,
Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Carolina, in 1974, and the doctor
of chiropractic degree from Sherman College in 1990.
Dr. Boone is survived by his wife, Bonnie Susan (Boswell) Boone, a son, Christopher
Charles Boone, and his wife Marijana of Portland, OR; a daughter, Catherine Lanier
Boone of Spartanburg, SC; and the mother of Christopher and Catherine, Mary Lou
Chipley-Boone of Spartanburg, SC.
Here are a few of the sentiments shared by friends and
colleagues of Dr. Boone via online guest books at Seawright
Funeral Home and the Spartanburg
“Dr. Boone’s knowledge and expertise is greatly appreciated in professional
circles and will be sorely missed. Thank you, Ralph, for your honorable and distinct
service to the college and to the profession.”
John Hart, D.C., MHSc., South Carolina
Sherman College Assistant Director of Research
“Thank you, Dr. Boone, for all you did to advance the chiropractic profession.
Your contributions to the world and bettering the health of its people will live
on forever. We stand on the shoulders of giants like you.”
Liam P. Schubel D.C., New Jersey
Sherman Trustee and Regent
“Ralph was our teacher and mentor at Sherman College. He was always the voice
of calm and reason; filled with passion and hope. He has always generated fond
memories – one of the truly great men we have met. We are honored to have known
and learned from him.”
Susan and Michael Giglia, D.C.s, Maine
Sherman alumni, ’85
“Ralph was an inspiring teacher, a gifted researcher, and an inspiring leader.
He has many friends and memories here in NZ. His legacy will continue.”
Brian Kelly, D.C., New Zealand
New Zealand College of Chiropractic President and President-Designee,
Life Chiropractic College West
“Dr. Boone was an inspiration to many, and his passion and commitment to the
chiropractic profession was enormous. We will certainly miss Dr. Boone and his
many contributions to our profession.”
Claudia Seay, D.C., ’80, South Carolina
Sherman College Dean of Clinics