Dedication: Dr. Lillian M. Ford
Today chiropractic lost a great contributor.
Here at New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Lillian Ford was known to all. A 25-year member of the faculty, her impact is evident in the personal, emotional response of her fellow educators and the students who knew her well. Even the newest students, who I am among, very quickly became familiar with her passion for the profession and her penchant for discussion during the introductory course Chiropractic Philosophy and History. Clearly, her presence will be missed.
Nonetheless, Dr. Ford’s legacy has the opportunity to live on. In my last class with her, we discussed the mission, vision and values which comprise today’s chiropractic culture, following which she challenged each of us to define our goals, essentially laying out the future we wish for ourselves. As class concluded, one student asked Dr. Ford about her own goals. Though, she said, she hadn’t formally revisited these goals in years, her response is very telling of the person who she was, and should be a call to action for all of us who had the opportunity to learn from her:
“I want to make an impact on chiropractic throughout the world. That’s why I teach: all of you are that impact.”
-L.M. Ford, D.C.