Life University founder recovering from stroke at Grady
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
December 29, 2011 12:00 AM | 7358 views | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Dr. Sid Williams, founder and former president of Life University, is recovering from a stroke at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady, Life President Dr. Guy Riekeman said.

Riekeman made the announcement on the university’s Facebook page on Tuesday, where he writes that Williams was hospitalized early Saturday.

“Everyone is expecting the best and that includes the hope that he may be transferred to the rehab center sometime later in the week,” Riekeman said. “Not much more is known at this time except that, as you would expect, he is ‘challenging’ the medical doctors and staff to see things differently/Chiropractically.”

Riekeman said the Williams’ family has asked that no visits or calls be made at this time.

Dr. Bobby Gise, who started the rugby program at Life in 1980 as a student there and now operates a chiropractic office in Jasper, said he’s been receiving daily reports on Williams’ status from his circle of friends.

“I call to get a daily update, and supposedly he’s been progressing surprisingly well,” Gise said. “I would say he’s recovering nicely.”

Gise said Williams is being looked after by his daughter, Kim, who lives next door to him in Powder Springs.

In an email to the Journal on Wednesday, Riekeman called Williams a charismatic individualist who founded the largest Chiropractic college in the world at a time when anything other than traditional medicine was considered suspect.

“All of us at Life University wish for him a speedy recovery,” Riekeman said. “If anyone has the grit to fight back, it would certainly be Dr. Williams.”

Williams served as president of Life from 1974 to 2002. His colorful personality continues to mark the campus, particularly at the front gates on Barclay Circle, where a sculpture of his hands, 15-feet tall and cast in bronze, welcome visitors. Another sculpture atop the university’s student center features a bare-chested Native American dancing. Rumor had it when the statue was dedicated in the early 1990s it was meant to resemble Williams.
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A friend of Sid
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December 30, 2012
So Sad, Sid saw all the miracles that happened with chiropractic and just simple re-aligning of the spine, and so many people have been helped and had their lives changed. People that couldn't heal were finally able to heal after getting adjusted, and for some reason nothing other than a knife, some colorful liquid, and capsules can cure people? Its so sad. Its not sad for the people that think chiropractic doesn't help anybody, its sad for the people that need help and are deterred by ignorant people. Thanks Sid, because you stood for something nobody else did and made a whole new school. You actually changed the world.
ex-chiro
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January 12, 2012
This must be a joke. A quack is questioning a real doctor? Thanks a good laugh!
Ex-chiro and glad!!
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October 16, 2012
Agree 100%. Sid Williams, though I wish him well in his health battles.....was nothing but a con artist and old fashioned Charlatan.

A crook.....feeding off of naive students. Clinic at LIFE and the entire so-called "profession" is nothing but a fraud.
Dr A Lajoie
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December 27, 2012
What is the definition of a REAL doctor???
Nancy Ayers
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January 06, 2012
Speedy recovery Dr. Williams.
evan gammage
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December 29, 2011
Best to you, Dr. Sid. You're one of the Good Guys!
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