Arthur J. Garrow D.C. - Founder and President of the University of Pasadena, School of Chiropractic, later known as the Pasadena College of Chiropractic, which also produced graduates of Southern California College of Chiropractic and Quantum University.

Art Garrow's dream of a chiropractic college that would encompass the best of vitalistic and scientific thought, while producing top notch Doctors of Chiropractic began while he was an instructor at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. Dr. Garrow saw that division of the chiropractic profession was not only hurting chiropractors, but made our acceptance into the health field difficult and confusing. He felt it was time for the war between the "mixers" and "straights" to end and his vision was to produce chiropractors who would get the best of both worlds, and would not have need for conflict.

On Jan 31, 1973, Dr. Garrow filed papers with the California Secretary of State for the International Chiropractic College of Neurovertebrology which was changed to the University of Pasadena, College of Chiropractic by January of 1974, and the first students began at the college, mostly transfer students from Cleveland Chiropractic College and Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Dr. Garrow immediately took the proper steps to achieve accreditation by the Council on Chiropractic Education and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

The first class graduated in June of 1975, in ceremonies held at the Pasadena City Hall civic center atrium, with Dr. Kenneth Allen, then President of the California Chiropractic Association, delivering the class address. Graduates of U of P and Pasadena College of Chiropractic were (from 1975-1980) the highest percentage of first time licensates on the California State Board exam, giving credence to Dr. Garrow's vision and teaching styles.

Dr. Garrow remained at the helm of Pasadena College of Chiropractic until 1988 when he retired from teaching to his home in Rancho Mirage, California. He returned to private practice in Cathedral City until he moved to Mexico, two years before his death on May 18, 1997. A tribute to Dr. Garrow was printed in Dynamic Chiropractic and is reprinted here.

Editor's note: DC did a short obituary on Arthur Garrow, DC, 68, former founder/president of the Pasadena College of Chiropractic who passed away May 18 (1997) of liver cancer. Dr. Kenneth Martin offers this tribute to Dr. Garrow.

Dr. Garrow was a pioneer in chiropractic education, beginning the University of Pasadena School of Chiropractic in 1971 with the notion that there need be no division between the "straights and mixers," and that both  philosophical disciplines could be taught successfully at a chiropractic college. His successes are defined by the exemplary passing rates of the college's students, with over 95% of his graduates passing their board exams on the first attempt, for the first five years of graduating doctors.

His legacy of care for the practicing chiropractor was displayed by PCC's concern for chiropractic techniques. His college was one of the first to offer full education in multiple techniques, including Palmer recoil, Gonstead, SOT, Logan basic, and DNFT. Dr. Garrow was instrumental in having Dr. Arlan Fuhr and Dr. Bernard Lee choose PCC as the first chiropractic college to teach Activator methods.

Dr. Garrow was one of the first educators to instigate cumulative learning exams for chiropractic student education, a method that is in use today in the ADVANTAGE program at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. This teaching legacy continues today as graduates of the college provide care to people all over the world. Dr. Garrow retired from the presidency of the college in 1988 to the community of Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, California. Shortly thereafter, he started again into private practice in Cathedral City, and practiced there until his retirement two years ago, when he moved to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Even though Pasadena College of Chiropractic is no longer producing graduates, Dr. Garrow's legacy lives on in the students he taught, the doctors he produced, and the patients he treated. He was truly an innovator in chiropractic education and many of his methods live on in our educational institutions today. He is survived by his sisters Janet Klof and Mary Sehlner Garrow, brother Dr. John Klof, and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnephews. The chiropractic world and his graduates mourn his loss and are grateful for all the educational innovations he provided to chiropractic. - Kenneth Martin, DC - Temple City, California