Donald D. Harrison, DC, PhD, MSE, (also known as Deed by his family and early life friends) passed away 2 months ago on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011. He was 65 years old residing in Wyoming with his loving wife Dr. Sang Harrison. Due to complications from Type II Diabetes, he passed peacefully with his wife Sang, his son Deed, and his daughter Holly by his side.
Don’s Chiropractic Path
After struggling with a back injury, Don sought out Chiropractic care. He was so impressed with the recovery of his back injury due to Chiropractic care (when standard medical management had failed for him) as a patient that he wanted to become a Chiropractor. He earned his Chiropractic degree in 1979 from Western States Chiropractic College.
From 1979-1985 he and his partner at the time, Dr. Dan Murphy, owned and operated Bell Plaza Chiropractic Office in Sunnyvale, CA. In 1985 he sold Bell Plaza and moved to Evanston, WY with his Wife Sang and his boys Erin and Deed. Together, Don and Sang started Evanston Chiropractic Center (1986-1992)
At the age of 47, in 1993, Don and Sang made the decision to concentrate on spinal research and he went to graduate school and received his MSE in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1998 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Don had to get special approval from the UAH education board to work on these two difficult degrees simultaneously; his tenacity and unmatched work ethic allowed him to persevere.
Dr. Don’s Professional Activities and Accomplishments.
He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Chiropractic Association, was an ICA member since 1977, was nominated as a Fellow of the ICA (FICA in 1990), and received the ICA’s Chiropractor of the Year award in 2006. Don was also the ICA Representative for the state of Wyoming in the years 1986-1993, 2001-2004. And he was the past President of the Wyoming Chiropractic Society in the late 1980’s.
Dr. Harrison was an Extension Faculty member for several Chiropractic Colleges including: Life Chiropractic College-West, Life University, National Chiropractic College, Cleveland CCKC, and the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres.
Dr. Harrison became one of the most published Chiropractic researchers in the history of the profession; with over 80 peer-reviewed publications to his name. These publications appeared in the top physical medicine, orthopedic, biomechanics, and spine research journals around the world. Dr. Harrison was voted in as member of the prestigious orthopedic research society: The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS).
Don’s Memorial Funds or Donations
In lieu of flowers and cards, the family of Dr. Donald Harrison has established a memorial fund in his honor to further Chiropractic education and research. Send donations to CBP NonProfit, Inc. P O Box 1590, Evanston, WY 82931-1590. Or online to donate specific numerical amounts; enter for ‘Dr. Don Harrison Memorial Fund’ in the comment box: http://www.idealspine.biz/c-25-cbp-non-profit-research-cd.aspx