Shelby M. Elliott, D.C.: June 24, 1926 –  August 19, 2015
Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Dr. Shelby M. Elliott has died at age 89.  He was found Wednesday morning, August 19.  

The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas states “Texas’ chiropractors have been blessed with doctors possessing extraordinary ability in the field of politics. … Among these men were … Dr. S. M  Elliott of Dayton…. “  

He is  perhaps best known as the twelfth president of Texas Chiropractic College from September 1990 through December 2003. Dr.Elliott became one of the pre-eminent leaders along with men like the Palmers, Jo Janse, and Jim Parker in bringing Chiropractic to the respected status it now holds.

The viewing will be held Friday, August 21 at Rosewood Funeral Home, 3999 Pasadena, Blvd., Pasadena from 5-7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held  Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 7500 W Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77505.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests making donations to Texas Chiropractic College or First Baptist Church of Pasadena Building Fund.  

One of the world’s leaders in Chiropractic Dr. Elliott was born in 1926, in the nondescript town of  Wild Cherry in rural Arkansas.  The eldest son of parents who instilled the values of hard work and the importance of attaining as much education as possible, Shelby Elliott grew up to be a private chiropractic practitioner, President of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, President of the Texas Chiropractic Association, Chairman of the Board of the American Chiropractic Association and finally President of the Texas College of Chiropractic.

After attending pre-chiropractic coursework at Paducah Community College, he completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Texas Chiropractic College, then enrolled in Logan College of Chiropractic and earned a second doctorate.

He maintained a successful chiropractic practice in Dayton, Texas for 38 years and held several key business and civic leadership positions, including president of the Rotary Club of Dayton, charter member of the Dayton American Legion Post No. 512, board member of the Moody National Bank and the First Texas Bank, and member of the Dayton School Board and the Dayton-Liberty Chamber of Commerce.  He has twice been a candidate for the legislative seat in his state legislative district. 

Dr. Elliott was honored as ``Young Chiropractor of the Year'' in 1964 and as``Chiropractor of the Year'' in 1971 by the Texas Chiropractic Association having been awarded the coveted Keeler Plaque.

He was also awarded the ``William D. Harper Science of Existence Award'' in 1988 by Texas Chiropractic College, the ``Lifetime Chiropractic Achievement Award'' in 1988 and the ``Doctor of the Year'' in 1990 by the American Chiropractic Association and was honored as ``Citizen of the Year'' by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in 1996.

Dr. Shelby Elliott is a legend in Texas and will be sorely missed.