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Chiropractic loses a stalwart supporter: Michael D. Pedigo, D.C.

Dr. Michael D. Pedigo

The Palmer College of Chiropractic community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael D. Pedigo, D.C., on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. Dr. Pedigo graduated from Palmer’s Davenport Campus in 1969, and began practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. He practiced in San Leandro, Calif., for the past 24 years. While he held many offices throughout his career, at the time of his death he was on the Board of Directors of the National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company (NCMIC), was a council member of the World Federation of Chiropractic, and a trustee of the National Chiropractic Anti-trust Committee.

Active in local, state, national and world chiropractic associations, Dr. Pedigo held two unique distinctions in the chiropractic profession. He was the only chiropractor to be elected president of the International Chiropractors Association (1985-88) as well as elected president of the American Chiropractic Association (1997-99). In addition, he was the only chiropractor in the history of the profession to be named Chiropractor of the Year (1991) by the ACA as well as Chiropractor of the Year (1988) by the ICA.

“It was my honor to enter the halls of Palmer College of Chiropractic to ‘Learn How’ with Mike,” said Palmer Board of Trustees Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C. “We studied and played rugby together when the Palmer team was nationally ranked No. 1 ... beating Harvard, Notre Dame and others. Dr. Michael Pedigo graduated in 1969 and went ‘Forth to Serve,’ setting the ‘gold standard’ for Palmer graduates and the Chiropractic profession. Dr. Mike had an endless, determined passion to help others. He was honest to the core, a tower of strength and a kind and gentle person. His mission was to serve God, his family, country and the Chiropractic profession. Rest in eternal peace my dear friend and Chiropractic brother. I and countless others miss you, but your memory will live on forever.”

His numerous other awards and honors included the World Federation of Chiropractic Honor Award for Outstanding Service in 2005, Dynamic Chiropractic’s Man of the Year in 1988, being named a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 1986, a Fellow in the Palmer West Academy of Chiropractic in 1984 and a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Association in 1979. Dr. Pedigo was a participant in the 1992 Mercy Center Conference and co-author of the textbook, “Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters.”

Dr. Pedigo also was a plaintiff in the Wilk vs. AMA anti-trust lawsuit filed in 1976. The AMA was found guilty of illegally attempting to destroy a competitor in 1987 by Federal District Court Judge Susan Getzendanner. The AMA appealed the case, and in 1990, the Federal Court of Appeals upheld the Federal District Court decision.

“I would like to convey my condolences to Dr. Pedigo’s family, as well as the deep appreciation of everyone at Palmer College for his dedicated work over so many years as a leader with both common sense and vision for our profession,” said Palmer Board of Trustees Officer Vickie A. Palmer. “His positive approach to moving the chiropractic profession forward must be carried on by those of us he left behind.”

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