Reginald R. Gold, December 16, 1925 – March 24, 2012
“If you’re not out to change the world, everything else is just Mickey Mouse.”
Reggie, one of Chiropractic’s most dedicated and outspoken advocates for more than fifty years, has passed away at the age of 86. Reggie died the way he lived – fully aware of what was happening and with his wife Irene, family and friends close around him.
Reggie graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic as class president and valedictorian in 1957. He later published his famed thesis – The Triune of Life which earned him the high honor of Doctorate in Chiropractic Philosophy degree.
Over the years he maintained an extraordinarily successful practice in Spring Valley, New York. For seven years he held Chiropractic information meetings every month and invited anyone who wanted to attend to learn the philosophy of Chiropractic. These meetings were never advertised and there was never a charge to attend for the 50 to 200 people in attendance at the Gold’s home. He followed that up with no less than 40 layman lectures each year in various chiropractic offices to help chiropractors build their own practices.
Reggie also worked to increase public understanding of and interest in chiropractic by starting a patient organization called PACE. Patients brought their friends to learn about the benefits of chiropractic causing literally hundreds of practice members to take the leap and become chiropractors as a result. He persisted despite threats to his life.
Reggie Gold’s ability to clearly state the essence of chiropractic in words that everyone could understand, coupled with his true affinity for helping his fellow man live better lives made him a popular speaker and he traveled the world lecturing to laymen, college students and chiropractors about objective straight chiropractic.
His strength of purpose and even his (usually) playful volatility is missed and will be missed into the future by the thousands that he guided and influenced.
Friend and chiropractor Michael Schmidt put it well: “It was a great race, and Reggie definitely earned the Gold medal.”
If you would like to make a gift in his honor, Reggie’s wishes were that it be to the field of chiropractic. He requested that donations be made to the following chiropractic colleges in this order of preference:
New Zealand College of Chiropractic
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Life Chiropractic College West
Life University – College of Chiropractic