Charles Allen Nelson D.C., 69, passed away on October 21, 2011. He was born February 6th, 1942 in Britton, South Dakota to Chester and Pearl Nelson.
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Dr. Nelson graduated valedictorian from Milbank High School in June 1960, and attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, majoring in mathematics.
In 1962 Dr. Nelson moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked for Pacific Telephone. In May 1964, he joined the U.S. Air Force, attended language school at Indiana University; and served duty in Karamursel, Turkey and Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan as a Voice Intercept Processing Specialist.
From 1969 to 1972, he attended California State University at San Francisco, graduating with a B.A. in Japanese Language. He married Karen Hamamura on June 18, 1972, and worked in retail management in San Francisco for two years.
In 1974 Dr. Nelson enrolled at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, during which time he assisted the renowned Richard A. Gohl, D.C. conducting student Gonstead Workshops. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in June 1977, and passed licensing exams in Washington and California.
Drawn by the natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula, Dr. Nelson opened his solo practice at the mouth of the Carmel Valley on May 22, 1978. He helped establish the Monterey Bay Gonstead Study Group, serving as its first president in 1979. This group became the model for the international organization, the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society, formed in 1980. In 1981 Dr. Nelson achieved Diplomate status in GCSS, serving on the Board of Directors from 1982 to 1986 and vice president in 1986.
Since 1978 Dr. Nelson taught numerous seminars and workshops on spinal biomechanics and spine adjustment technique. Recovering from cancer in 2009, Dr. Nelson joined the staff at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA as a clinical Health Center faculty advisor. It was in this capacity that Dr. Nelson served his final years, doing what he loved most, sharing his expertise and knowledge of vertebral subluxation, assessment and adjustment technique with future doctors of chiropractic.
Dr. Nelson was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his 3 sons, Christopher, Brian Thomas, and Alexander and 1 daughter, Kelly; his brother John Nelson of Oregon, his sister Carol Bryggare of Texas, and nephews Scott and Michael Bryggare.
The family will be holding services for Dr. Nelson at a future date. The family requests that all charitable donations in Dr. Nelson's memory be made to The Gonstead Clinical Studies Society at www.gonstead.com. Lodi All Faiths Cremation is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, 2011