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Chi­ro­prac­tor Reaches 100th Birth­day in Active Prac­tice Then Passes as a Leg­end

A prophetic arti­cle appeared in the Decem­ber 21, 2006 online Chan­nel 9 News web­site out of Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee. The story reported on Dr. Thomas Lan­g­ley reach­ing his 100 birth­day while still prac­tic­ing chi­ro­prac­tic. Accord­ing to the report, Dr. Lan­g­ley of Dal­ton, Geor­gia became the world’s old­est prac­tic­ing chi­ro­prac­tor. His actual 100th birth­day was Decem­ber 28, 2006. He passed away Jan­u­ary 6, 2007.

Dr. Lan­g­ley embarked on his chi­ro­prac­tic career fol­low­ing his ser­vice in the US Army Air Corps, enrolling in the Palmer School of Chi­ro­prac­tic in 1935. Upon grad­u­a­tion, he set up prac­tice in Geor­gia and spent his entire 69 year pro­fes­sional career in that state, pro­vid­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care to gen­er­a­tions of patients. Dr. Lan­g­ley had been a con­tin­u­ous mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion (ICA) for 56 years, and at the time of his pass­ing, was the organization’s old­est member.

Dr. Tom Lan­g­ley devoted his life to the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion and to his com­mu­nity.” In a state­ment before Dr. Langley’s pass­ing, for­mer ICA Pres­i­dent Dr. Sid E. Williams who had worked with Dr. Lan­g­ley in their home state of Geor­gia for many decades con­tin­ued, “He has always been ready to give more than was expected or even required. His patients have counted on him through­out the years for excel­lent subluxation-​based chi­ro­prac­tic care. He is a loyal mem­ber of the ICA and an endur­ing per­sonal friend. He is to be hon­ored and respected for the con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­fes­sion and to mankind. It is an honor to wish you Happy Birth­day, Tom!”

At Dr. Langley’s 100th cel­e­bra­tion Chan­nel 9 inter­viewed sev­eral of Dr. Langley’s patients includ­ing Lynn Turner who sat beside him at his cel­e­bra­tion din­ner and said, “I broke my back play­ing foot­ball in ’56. On the count of him, I never have had to have an oper­a­tion.” The Chan­nel 9 story also inter­viewed Pat Jor­dan, his recep­tion­ist for 33 years. She described Lan­g­ley by say­ing, “He’s just a very car­ing per­son and he’s a joy to work for.”

Dr. Lan­g­ley had been active in the Amer­i­can Legion, the Lions Club of Dal­ton, GA, and an active mem­ber of the First Bap­tist Church of Dal­ton. He was also an avid golfer, play­ing as often as two or three times a week, well into his 90’s. At their meet­ing of Novem­ber 28, 2006, ICA’s Board of Direc­tors enthu­si­as­ti­cally passed a “Res­o­lu­tion of Con­grat­u­la­tions and Appre­ci­a­tion” for Dr. Lan­g­ley, cit­ing his dis­tin­guished ser­vice to the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion and the cit­i­zens of his com­mu­nity, and acknowl­edg­ing him as “a most dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sional, a self­less ser­vant to his com­mu­nity, a model of integrity and an exam­ple to us all.”

Dr. Tom Lan­g­ley was known to his col­leagues and patients as a quiet, lov­ing and ded­i­cated prac­ti­tioner and a fine human being,” said his friend and fel­low Geor­gian, for­mer ICA Pres­i­dent Dr. D.D. Hum­ber. “I have never known a chi­ro­prac­tor who is more uni­ver­sally loved than Dr. Langley.”

Dr. Thomas Lan­g­ley 19062007, will always have the honor and respect of his patients and col­leagues and will be known as the only chi­ro­prac­tor to have ever reached the cen­tury mark while still in active practice.

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