One of the main reasons I got into chiropractic was to help people and ease their pain. It’s still something that drives me today. When I look back on my career, one of the proudest moments was being presented with the Sterling Pruitt award. In a couple of weeks, it will be 11 years since I received the honor, but it still means a lot to me. And whatever I’m working on today, helping people remains at the forefront of my thoughts. Below is the original article announcing the award.
Dr. Terry Rondberg wins ‘Texas Humanitarian’ Award
Dr. Terry A. Rondberg, CEO of the World Chiropractic Alliance and publisher of The Chiropractic Journal, was presented with the prestigious “Sterling Pruitt Humanitarian Award,” by the Chiropractic Society of Texas (CST).
The award, presented on April 9, 1999, is named after one of Texas’ most beloved and respected chiropractic pioneers and is given “In appreciation of distinguished service to our fellow man in the interest of public health and for dedication to public health and for dedication to the sick and suffering of the State of Texas.”
According to Society spokesman R.J. Kelly, D.C., “This award is the highest honor given by the CST and recognizes the chiropractor who has done the most for the profession… It is our belief that Dr. Rondberg is truly a warrior and visionary in chiropractic and we are very proud to acknowledge him with this award.”
On a more personal note, Dr. Kelly said that, in regards to the Rondberg award, he was reminded of a remark coach Bum Phillips made describing Earl Campbell: “He may not be the only one in his class, but it doesn’t take long to call roll.”
Kelly added: “Terry Rondberg has not only been extraordinary at identifying problems within the profession, but also at doing something about them. He saw that we did not have a periodical that represented principled chiropractic, so he created one. He found there were no books on chiropractic for the lay public; he has now written several. Observing that there was no association to act as a watchdog for ‘the principles,’ he created the WCA. Discovering that there was no ethical congruent malpractice insurance available, Dr. Rondberg established CBS.”
The choice of Dr. Rondberg to receive the award was unusual since it is ordinarily given to doctors within the state of Texas. Dr. Sid Williams was another “non-Texan” to receive the award in the past.
In accepting the award, Rondberg said he was “incredibly moved by the honor, particularly since the state is filled with principled doctors who have gained a widespread reputation for their diligent defense of subluxation-based chiropractic.”
He noted that he was accepting it on behalf of all doctors who continue to uphold the principles of chiropractic, and will be motivated to continue his work to make subluxation-based chiropractic the number one health care choice of the new millennium.