The ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care recently honored pioneer graduate and retired long-serving Sherman College Associate Professor Dr. Perry Rush with the B.J. Palmer Lifetime Achievement Award. “It is the selfless act of giving by professors across the nation at our chiropractic colleges that helps to guard specific chiropractic practices of the future,” the ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care noted in its announcement.
“The future of our profession and chiropractic colleges is only as good as the faculty and staff that make up those institutions. So it is with our greatest appreciation that we award Dr. Perry Rush with the B.J. Palmer Lifetime Achievement Award for being a beacon of light in serving to guard the sacred trust, and shape the future of specific upper cervical chiropractic for generations to come.”
Dr. Rush is a 1976 Sherman College pioneer graduate; upon graduation, he taught at Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic for two years at the request of Dr. Reggie Gold. Dr. Rush returned to Spartanburg in 1980 to join the Sherman College faculty in 1980, and he remained there, teaching and serving in his private practice for more than 30 years, until his retirement in 2011.
While on the Sherman College faculty, Dr. Rush taught courses in X-Ray Physics, X-Ray Anatomy, X-Ray Positioning I and II, Upper Cervical Rationale, Instrumentation, and Blair Technique. His favorite part of teaching was relating what he saw in his office to his students, and his students appreciated the opportunity to hear those real-life stories and to spend countless hours shadowing his office.
Dr. Rush is a published author and has traveled to Japan and Argentina teaching Blair work, and he was the first chiropractor to be certified by Dr. Blair to teach the Blair course in a chiropractic college curriculum. He was given a Dedicated Faculty Award from Penn Straight in 1980, and Sherman College named him Faculty Member of the Year in 1995. In 2007, Dr. Rush was honored as the Blair Chiropractor of the Year and received the Service to Sherman College Award.