graduated from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1933 and University of Wisconsin Law School in 1935. Then he returned to La Crosse and associated with attorney Jesse Higbee until 1941 when he began working for the law firm of George H. Gordon, Law & Brody. The Gordon law firm is the predecessor of Johns, Flaherty & Rice, S.C. Several lawyers associated with him during his years of practice and they included Leonard F. Roraff, Peter G. Pappas and Daniel T. Flaherty as well as his son, Robert.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945. He was the captain of a subchaser and saw action at Normandy in the Atlantic and Okinawa in the Pacific. Then he returned to practice law in La Crosse. During the following 30 years he specialized in trial law and was proud to have represented clients before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on 46 occasions. His abilities as a trial lawyer were recognized when he was the first attorney in the La Crosse area to be named a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
He became President of the Wisconsin Bar Association in 1955. During his term he was instrumental in transforming the bar association from a voluntary group to one requiring all practicing attorneys to be members and thereby subject to the association’s regulation. Also, he served on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School.
While practicing law he also served as General Counsel and Claims Counsel for National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company which presently insures about one-half of the nation’s chiropractors for malpractice. As such he assisted in forming the insurance company and supervised the licensing of it in most states.
He served for many years as a chairman of the City of La Crosse’s Aviation Board and was on the Board of Directors of what were then known a Gateway Transportation Company, First National Bank, La Crosse Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. Upon retiring in 1975 he lived in Palm Beach where he served as a director of the Everglades Club for 19 years. His summer months were spent in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
1999 (Nov): ICA Review [56(5)] includes:
“In memoriam: Bruce Ehlich, D.C., F.I.C.A.” (p. 31); includes photo of Dr. Ehlich and: Dr. Bruce Ehlich, dedicated ICA member and representative assemblyman, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, October 5, 1999, at his home in Cowpens, South Carolina. Dr. Ehlich first became interested in chiropractic when he saw his mother’s health greatly improve after receiving regular chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations. He decided to commit his life to the profession and attended Columbia Institute of Chiropractic (now New York Chiropractic College) where he met Judy, a fellow student and his future wife. Dr. Ehlich graduated from chiropractic college in 1962 and practiced in New York City until 1964 when Judy graduated. They were married and relocated to Chesnee, South Carolina, where the first Ehlich Chiropractic Clinic opened in December, 1964. Bruce and Judy Ehlich are the parents of five children, all of whom have chosen careers in chiropractic. Four of the Ehlich children are graduates of Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the youngest, Kendra is currently a student. “The death of Bruce Ehlich brings a profound sense of loss to the Sherman College family,” said Sherman College President David B. Koch, D.C. “The example he and Judy have set in their practice for so many years has been a great inspiration to their children, as well as to many others who have pursued a career in chiropractic because of their leadership. Our current students, our alumni and the many
friends of straight chiropractic who knew Bruce Ehlich mourn with his family,” he said.
Dr. Ehlich, lovingly known as “Elvis” to his ICA colleagues, served many years as the ICA representative assemblyman for South Carolina and was a past vice chairman and chairman of the Representative Assembly. He was elected by his peers to the ICA Board of Directors where he served from 1975 to 1982. Most recently, Dr. Ehlich was president of the Distinguished Fellows of ICA (FICA), and the ICA Assembly Representative for his state.
“Dr. Ehlich will be deeply missed at ICA,” said ICA President Dr. Robert Hoffman. “But we want his family to know that even as we mourn his passing, he eaves behind colleagues who will always remember him with affection. His enthusiasm and exuberance were contagious and we are fortunate that he chose to serve as a volunteer leader for ICA for so many years.”
Dr. Ehlich was actively involved in chiropractic on the local level as well. He belonged to the South Carolina Chiropractic Association (SCCA) and served on that group’s strategic planning committee.
The Ehlich family has requested that all donations in his honor be made to the Dr. Bruce Ehlich Memorial Scholarship Fund at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic.
2000 (Jan/Feb): ICA Review [56(1)] includes:
“ICA distinguished fellow passes away” (pp
Alwin Frederick Toensing,
. 30-1); obit for October 1931
valedictorian of his class at PSC and later ICA assembly representative from Iowa; includes photo of Dr. Toensing and:
Dr. Alwin Frederick Toensing, Distinguished Fellow of the ICA died November 21, 1999, in Yuma, Arizona, just three weeks shy of his 89th birthday.
Dr. Toensing joined the Chiropractic Health Bureau, which later became the ICA, while he was still a student at Palmer School of Chiropractic. During his years at Palmer, Toensing was particularly close to BJ and Mabel Palmer. He helped BJ illustrate some of his writings, including the title page from “Round the World” in March 1931.
After graduating valedictorian of his class in October 1931, Dr. Toensing set up practice in Hampton, Iowa where he eventually served as the ICA assembly representative for Iowa and as chairman of the ICA student procurement committee in the 1960s. In 1968, he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the ICA.
Dr. Toensing left Iowa in 1972 and moved to Sun City, Arizona where he practiced until 1985, when he retired after 54 years of active practice.
Dr. Toensing is survived by his wife Elsie, Son Dr. Alwin B. Toensing (also an ICA member) and daughter-in-law Patrice M. Toensing of Yuma, Arizona, and by daughters Mary Lou (Tim) Chambers and Jeanette (John) Hunter of Minnesota and Oklahoma respectively.
“In memoriam: Ian A. Grassam, D.C., F.I.C.A.” (p. 33); includes photo of Dr. Grassam and: ICA was saddened to hear that former ICA board of directors member Dr. Ian Grassam of Stuart, Florida passed away in November 1999 following a long illness. A 1968 graduate of Logan Chiropractic College, Dr. Grassam was not only a dedicated practitioner but also an active participant in his national and state chiropractic associations. An ICA member for many years, Dr. Grassam served as ICA’s Central Regional Director on the ICA Board of Directors from 1981-1985 and as Southern Regional Director from 1994-1999. He also chaired the ICA Regional Seminars Committee from 1982-1986 and was named a Distinguished