Sherman Shares - June 2011
Dr. Perry Rush Retires
After more than three decades as a full-time faculty member, Sherman Associate Professor Perry O. Rush, D.C., announced his retirement at the end of the spring quarter. A 1976 "pioneer" Sherman graduate, Rush joined the college in 1980 as a faculty member and has dedicated his many years at the college to teaching upper cervical courses, particularly in the Blair technique.
"After much consideration, Vicki and I have decided that it is time for us to begin a new chapter," Rush said in his announcement to campus.
to leave has not been easy. We will miss our Sherman family but look forward
to that new chapter. I will still be close by putting my energy into my practice
and supporting my career-long interest in the upper cervical subluxation and
the Blair work for which I was recruited many years ago. What a great thing to
have been associated with so many good people all these years."
Rush said working at Sherman has given him the opportunity "to promote the power of a specific adjustment of the vertebral subluxation unknown to so many." I will miss teaching the upper cervical rationale and Blair classes. Those courses kept my fire going."
He also shared thanks for his family for their support through the years: "To my wife and children, I give special thanks for giving up so much for me to take this important journey."
Colleague and Dean of Clinical Sciences Joe Donofrio, D.C., describes Rush as steady, reliable and consistent. "His philosophy and appreciation of the upper cervical spine has not swerved one inch since he began here," Donofrio said.
After Rush announced the news, many colleagues, alumni and friends shared their sentiments and good wishes via Facebook:
"You have been a great role model and mentor to countless numbers of chiropractors.
You have impacted our profession in so many ways, some of which you may never
know. God bless you and your family."
"You made Sherman the place it is. Best of luck to you – you have earned it."
"Congratulations, Dr. Rush, and enjoy! Taking your Blair Class was definitely
one the highlights for me at Sherman. You have sent so many Sherman students
onto successful practices... changing the lives of thousands and thousands of
"Thank you so much for your service and dedication to Sherman and the students/doctors
who had the pleasure of learning from you. You are a great teacher and doctor!"
"Big Brother, you have always been my hero. I love you and am excited for your
"I was looking so forward to having you as a professor soon. You made a tremendous
difference on my outlook toward chiropractic while I was under your care."
"I am sad to see you leave but know that you will be happy in your next chapter.
It was because of you and your classes that I chose to become an upper cervical
chiropractor. I want to thank you for everything you have done for the profession
and me personally!
"Perry, I am so happy for you. My personal time in your practice and learning
Blair from you has been a blessing for me and the people I serve. I utilize your
teachings everyday and will never forget your great dried bananas! I am grateful
that you were still at Sherman while I was there!
"You will be missed here on campus. You have inspired us all to become better
"Congratulations, Perry, and much happiness in your retirement! You'll have
plenty more time for turning on the power!"
"Thank you for your many years of service to the school. I can't even imagine
the number of students whose lives you've changed, impacting the lives of their
patients as well! Whew, that's A LOT of lives! You are the reason I became an
upper cervical doctor, and I can never thank you enough for that."
"You are one of the best teachers and mentors at Sherman. Thank you for everything.
Good luck and many blessings in your future plans."
"Wow! Dr. Rush!! You have such a heart and dedication to the profession of
chiropractic that I know in whatever capacity you commit yourself, the world
will be a better place! Blessings to you."